IFTAs 2020: winners and nominees full list

Are you a movie or TV series lover? Last night, the 16th Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTA) took place online as a ‘virtual ceremony’ on the Virgin Media One site. Keep reading to check out the IFTAs 2020 full list of winners and nominees!

The nominations for the IFTAs were announced by the Irish Film and Television Academy last summer, on 14 July 2020. Because no ceremony was held in 2019, this ceremony honoured films and television drama released in both 2018 and 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no physical ceremony took place; instead, there was a “virtual ceremony” at 10 p.m. hosted by Deirdre O’Kane.

It was definitely different than before. Despite the lack of the red-carpet, people presenting the awards included President Michael D. Higgins, Martin Scorsese, Daisy Ridley and Liam Neeson. What’s more the legendary movie maker cheered the Irish audience with realistic but kind words: “Little did we know what strange times lay ahead that we are witnessing now, and it appears to me that we are all having to reinvent cinema now, and that’s a good thing, it is. Because now, more than ever, we need the moving image. We need vision, creativity and storytelling that takes us on a journey and opens us, enlightens us, opens our hearts and our minds, and there’s something about Ireland and Irish storytelling that is universal that connects with everyone in the world. John Ford knew that, and I know that”

Good news for Kerry native Jessie Buckey too, who won two awards on the night – Best Actress in a Film, for her work in Wild Rose, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Chernobyl. The successful and loved actress admitted her shock, saying: “Thank you so much, this is completely unexpected. I literally have just come in the front door, jumped in the shower and threw a dress on myself…this is all so overwhelming. Thank you, this is an honour”. 

Watch the full IFTA Film and Drama Awards 2020 streaming here. More detailed information about winners is available here

And, finally, here you have, the ultimate full list of the IFTAs 2020 winners and nominees (being winners at the top of each list).


Best film (2019). Released in 2018.

  • Black ’47
  • Float Like a Butterfly
  • Rosie
  • The Dig
  • The Hole in the Ground

Best film (2020)

Films released in 2019. (Arracht has yet to receive a general release due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it premiered at a festival in 2019).

  • Ordinary Love
  • A Bump Along the Way
  • Arracht
  • Calm with Horses
  • Extra Ordinary


  • Paddy BreathnachRosie
  • Nora TwomeyThe Breadwinner
  • Lance DalyBlack ’47
  • Tomás Ó SúilleabháinArracht
  • Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman – Extra Ordinary
  • Lee CroninThe Hole in the Ground
  • Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn – Ordinary Love


  • Mark O’HalloranRialto
  • Roddy DoyleRosie
  • Owen McCaffertyOrdinary Love
  • Joe Murtagh – Calm with Horses
  • Tomás Ó Súilleabháin – Arracht
  • Carmel WintersFloat Like a Butterfly

Actress in a leading role

  • Jessie BuckleyWild Rose
  • Aisling FranciosiThe Nightingale
  • Bronagh GallagherA Bump Along The Way
  • Sarah GreeneRosie
  • Seána KerslakeThe Hole in the Ground
  • Saoirse RonanLittle Women

Actor in a leading role

  • Tom Vaughan-LawlorRialto
  • Dara Devaney – Finky
  • Moe DunfordThe Dig
  • Liam NeesonOrdinary Love
  • Dónall Ó HéalaíArracht
  • Barry WardExtra Ordinary

Actress in a supporting role

  • Niamh AlgarCalm With Horses
  • Caitriona BalfeLe Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari)
  • Seána Kerslake – Dublin Oldschool
  • Charlie MurphyDark Lies the Island
  • Emily TaaffeThe Dig
  • Catherine WalkerWe Ourselves

Actor in a supporting role

  • David WilmotOrdinary Love
  • Lorcan CranitchThe Dig
  • Dara Devaney – Arracht
  • Barry KeoghanCalm With Horses
  • Ian Lloyd AndersonDublin Oldschool
  • Stephen ReaBlack ’47

George Morrison Feature Documentary

  • The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
  • Gaza
  • I, Dolours
  • Katie
  • The Image You Missed
  • When All is Ruin Once Again

Short film – Live action

  • Welcome To A Bright White Limbo
  • Bainne
  • Ciúnas (Silence)
  • Detainment
  • El Hor
  • Here’s Looking at you Kid!
  • Inhale
  • Sister This
  • The Grass Ceiling
  • The Vasectomy Doctor

Animated short

  • Outside the Box
  • Streets of Fury
  • The Bird & the Whale
  • The Dream Report
  • The Overcoat

Irish Film Board Rising Star Award

  • Aisling Franciosi
  • Niamh Algar
  • Andy & Ryan Tohill (The Dig)
  • Lee Cronin
Television Drama


  • Blood (Channel 5 / Virgin Media One)
  • Death and Nightingales (RTÉ / BBC)
  • Dublin Murders (RTÉ / BBC)
  • Vikings (History [Canada])


  • Dearbhla WalshThe Handmaid’s Tale
  • Anthony Byrne – Peaky Blinders
  • John Hayes – Dublin Murders
  • Lisa Mulcahy – Blood
  • Hannah Quinn – Blood
  • Aisling WalshElizabeth Is Missing


  • Mark O’RoweTemple
  • Ronan BennettTop Boy
  • Daragh CarvilleThe Bay
  • Mark O’Connor – Darklands

Actress in a leading role

  • Niamh AlgarThe Virtues
  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Jessie Buckley – The Woman in White
  • Sarah Greene – Dublin Murders
  • Ruth NeggaPreacher
  • Ann SkellyDeath and Nightingales

Actor in a leading role

  • Andrew ScottBlack Mirror (“Smithereens“)
  • Richard DormerFortitude
  • Adrian DunbarLine Of Duty
  • Brendan GleesonMr. Mercedes
  • Cillian MurphyPeaky Blinders
  • Chris O’DowdGet Shorty

Actress in a supporting role

  • Jessie Buckley – Chernobyl
  • Niamh Algar – Pure
  • Helen BehanThe Virtues
  • Ruth BradleyGuilt
  • Ingrid Craigie – Blood
  • Fiona ShawKilling Eve

Actor in a supporting role

  • Mark O’Halloran – The Virtues
  • Liam CunninghamGame of Thrones
  • Barry Keoghan – Chernobyl
  • Owen McDonnellKilling Eve
  • Cillian O’Gairbhi – Blood
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Dublin Murders

Original music

  • KÍLAArracht
  • Stephen McKeonThe Hole in the Ground
  • Stephen RennicksThe Little Stranger
  • Brian ByrneBlack ’47
  • Ray Harman – Blood
  • Stephen Rennicks – Rosie


  • Mick Mahon – Gaza
  • Colin Campbell – The Hole in the Ground
  • Dermot Diskin – Never Grow Old
  • Michael Harte – Three Identical Strangers
  • Tony Kearns – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Úna Ní DhonghaíleRosie

Production Design

  • John Leslie – Never Grow Old
  • Tom Conroy – The Rhythm Section
  • Damien Creagh – Calm With Horses
  • Conor Dennison – The Hole in the Ground
  • Padraig O’Neil – Arracht
  • Anna Rackard – The Trial of Christine Keeler


  • Piers McGrail – Never Grow Old
  • Tom Comerford – The Hole in the Ground
  • Andrew McConnel – Gaza
  • Kate McCullough – Arracht
  • Robbie RyanMarriage Story
  • Cathal Watters – Rosie

Costume Design

  • Eimer Ní MhaoldomhnaighThe Rhythm Section
  • Joan Bergin – The Catcher was a Spy
  • Clodagh Deegan – Arracht
  • Triona Lillis – Float Like A Butterfly
  • Susan O’Connor Cave – Vikings
  • Louise Stanton – Rosie

Makeup & Hair

  • Linda Gannon & Liz Byrne – Black ’47
  • Niamh O’Loan – Arracht
  • Louise Myler – Finky
  • Polly McKay – Ordinary Love
  • Dee Corcoran & Tom McInerney – Vikings
  • Eileen Buggy & Jennifer Hegarty – Vita & Virginia


  • Brendan Rehill, Alan Scully and Peter Blayney – Arracht
  • Fionáin Higgins & Robert Flanagan – Black ’47
  • Ronan Hill, Danny Crowley & Simon Kerr – Game of Thrones
  • Aza Hand, Karen O’Mahony and Patrick Drummond – Never Grow Old
  • Hugh Fox & Niall Brady – Rosie
  • Steve Fanagan & Niall Brady – The Little Stranger


  • Ed Bruce and Nicholas Murphy – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • Jim O’Hagan and Ronan Gantly – Game of Thrones
  • Ed Bruce – The Favourite
  • Ed Bruce and Jim O’Hagan – The Irishman

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Without you, life would be way more boring. There’s a lot of movies and TV series to watch during lockdown, thank you guys for these masterpieces. Any of them you have already watched and that you like? Recommend us in the comments below. Have a lovely day!

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