The day has arrived – Ireland’s answer to the Oscars is here, and VIP can’t wait for the Irish Film and TV Awards to kick off.
The glitzy bash will be taking place later today in Dublin’s Mansion House, and some of Ireland’s biggest stars are set to grace the red carpet.
Last year, RTÉ’s IFTAs coverage, presented by Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney was widely criticised – the production featured significant sound problems – but this time around, TV3 have taken over the mantle.
An hour-long IFTA Film and Drama Awards Special will be broadcast on TV3 on Monday, June 1 at 9pm.
In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s awards:
Caroline Morahan has jetted back from her acting stint in LA to present the glamorous evening, and the tv star is confident of a more succesful ceremony.
“Last year got a lot of bad press so we are making sure this is a more intimate ceremony, more special,” she said.
The former Off The Rails star added that she hopes to bring a touch of humour to the event, ala Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.
Who’ll be there?
There’s no doubt it’ll be a star-studded red carpet, with high profile actors Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Domhnall Gleeson expected to attend.
The following is a selection of nominees:
Is there any other notable awards on the night?
Six-time academy award nominee, director Jim Sheridan will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award – a tribute to his 30-year-long career which includes My Left Foot, The Boxer, In America, In the Name of the Father, The Field, Brothers and Some Mother’s Son.
Any notable presenters?
Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones star Sean Bean has been announced as one of the guest presenters, as well as Amy Huberman, Amanda Byram, Peter Coonan, Colin O’Donoghue, Miriam O’Callaghan and Cecelia Ahern.
What’s in the goodiebag?
We’ve been given a little sneak peak of what the guests will take home…. Jealous much!?