Meryl Streep, 'Hurt Locker' win at IFTA
John Boorman honored with Lifetime Achievement AwardLONDON -- The stars of the Irish film and television industry turned out for a gala night at Dublin's Burlington Hotel on Saturday, celebrating the 7th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, which saw "The Hurt Locker" beat "Avatar" and "Let the Right One In" and "Up" named best international film.
Meryl Streep won the Pantene International Actress Award for "It's Complicated" while Robert Downey Jr.'s muscular presentation in "Sherlock Holmes" earned him the Best International Actor gong.
Best film was awarded to "The Eclipse," Conor McPherson's tale of an intimate love triangle between three middle-aged lovers, which also earned the award for best script and a best supporting actor nod for Aidan Quinn.
Jim Sheridan was named best director for "Brothers."
Colin Farrell was named best actor for "Ondine" while "The Lovely Bones" newcomer Saoirse Ronan was named best actress.
Brendan Gleeson was named best television actor for his role as wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Into the Storm" and "Harper's Island" star Elaine Cassidy was named best television actress.
Writer, producer and director John Boorman received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight and Juliette Binoche.
"It is truly inspiring to see the exceptional talent and creative work coming from the Irish film and television industry continue to entertain, engage and capture the imagination of audiences here in Ireland and abroad," said IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty.
The 7th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards were broadcast live to the Irish nation on RTE One.