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Liam Neeson picks up lifetime achievement award as Room wins big at the IFTAs

The actor has been honoured for his thirty years in cinema.

Liam Neeson giving the thumbs up after receiving the award from the President
Liam Neeson giving the thumbs up after receiving the award from the President

LAST NIGHT’S IFTA Awards saw Liam Neeson receive special recognition on an evening when Lenny Abrahamson’s Room won big.

The Ballymena-native was at the awards show to collect the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award.

Asked by RTÉ before the event how it felt to win the award, he said: “It’s not a lifetime achievement award. I wouldn’t be here if it was a lifetime achievement award. I’ve only started.”

Big winner on the night Room took home seven awards in total, including the Best Director prize for Lenny Abrahamson, and Best Script for Emma Donoghue.

Here were the big winners…  

Best Film: Room

Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Room

Best Script Film: Emma Donoghue for Room

IFTA 201616 President Michael D Higgins was at the award show to present a prize Source: Michael Chester

Best Lead Actor Film: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Best Lead Actress Film: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor Film: Jack Reynor for Sing Street

Best Supporting Actress Film: Jane Brennan for Brooklyn

Best Drama: An Klondike

IFTA 201615 Jack Reynor and Madeline Mulqueen Source: Michael Chester

Best Director Drama: Neasa Hardiman for Happy Valley

Best Writer Drama: Marcus Fleming for An Klondike

Best Lead Actor Drama: Dara Devaney for An Klondike

Best Lead Actress Drama: Ruth Bradley for Rebellion

Best Supporting Actor Drama: Moe Dunford for Vikings

Best Supporting Actress Drama: Sarah Greene for Penny Dreadful

The ceremony will be broadcast this evening at 9pm on TV3.

Read: Brooklyn, Room and Rebellion have all bagged a load of IFTA nominations

Also: The TV IFTAs were on last night. Here are 12 important things that happened…

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