Hit TV drama THE TUDORS swept the board at the Irish Film and Television Awards
(IFTAs) on Sunday (17Feb08), winning a record-breaking total of seven prizes.
The period drama about the life of British King Henry VIII scooped the gong
for Best Drama Series, while its star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was named Best Actor
in a Television Drama Lead Role.
His co-stars Maria Doyle Kennedy and Nick Dunning were also recognized for
their supporting roles, while the show picked up a further three awards at the
ceremony at Dublin’s Gaiety Theater.
Meanwhile, Garage was also a multiple prizewinner – the movie won Best Film,
Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Script for Mark O’Halloran and Best
Actor in a Lead Role Film for Pat Shortt.
Daniel Day-Lewis continued his awards glory by picking up the Best
International Actor gong for the critically-acclaimed There Will Be Blood;
German filmmaker Forian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others won the
prize for Best International Film, and young Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan was
named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Atonement.
Mel Gibson was also honored at the event, and was given a standing ovation
as he collected the Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Award.