Tonight at the Convention Centre Dublin, actors Don Cheadle and Ruth Negga could walk away with Irish Film And Television Academy awards, Ireland's equivalent of the Oscar©, for their recent work in film and television.
From the IFTA website:
In 2006, the Irish Film and Television Academy was established and opened Membership to all professionals working in the fields of Irish television and film. The aim of the IFTA Academy is the stimulation of original and creative production work, and the encouragement of excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television.
The John Michael McDonagh-directed film, The Guard, received 7 total IFTA nods; one of which was an International Actor nominantion for Cheadle.
Negga received two nominations; one for Actress In A Lead Role Television (for the Shirley Bassey biopic Shirley) and one for Actress In A Supporting Role Television (for her role in the second series of Misfits).