IFTA has announced that Irish actor Simon Delaney will host the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards. Simon will follow in the footsteps of James Nesbitt, Ryan Tubridy and last year’s host, Victoria Smurfit in fronting the awards ceremony which will be broadcast live on February 12th.
Star of the screen and stage, Simon Delaney is best known for his role in the award-winning comedy drama, ‘Bachelors Walk’, for which he received two IFTA Best Actor nominations. He received two other IFTA nominations in 2004 and 2010 for his performances in ‘Pulling Moves‘ (BBC) and the feature, ‘Happy Ever Afters’ respectively.
Simon recently finished shooting ‘This Must be the Place’, alongside Sean Penn (Milk) and Frances McDormand (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), which is due for release at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. He will start filming series two of ‘Roy’, for the BBC in the coming weeks. His theatre credits include ‘Stones in His Pockets’ (Charlie Conlon), ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (R.P McMurphy), ‘Glengarry Glenross’ (Richard Roma), ‘The Odd Couple’ (Oscar Madison), and ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ (Le Vicomte de Valmonte).
IFTA CEO, Áine Moriarty described her pleasure at welcoming Simon to this year’s IFTA team, saying: “The Academy is delighted to introduce Simon as our Host for the IFTA Awards Ceremony 2011. As one of our Academy Members, Simon Delaney is an incredibly talented and widely respected Irish actor in both film and television. With his dramatic, comedic and musical flair, Simon is well-loved by his peers for his wholehearted engagement in any role he takes on, displaying a versatility on screen that marks a true performer.
Commenting on his role as host for the upcoming event, Simon also voiced his delight: “As someone who has worked as an actor in Ireland for twelve years, to be hosting the industry’s biggest night is a huge honour and privilege,he said. “To be involved in recognising and awarding people who are at the top of their game is very humbling and I look forward to an evening of great celebration on February 12th.”
The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, will honour the finest work produced by Irish screen talent in the past twelve months. The nominees in 37 IFTA Award categories were announced in early January and amongst the 2011 shortlist are: Irish actors Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Stephen Rea, Sarah Bolger, Kerry Condon, Orla Brady, Amy Huberman, Ruth McCabe, Domhnall Gleeson & Dervla Kirwan; directors Juanita Wilson, PJ Dillon, Ian Power, Tom Hall, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Dearbhla Walsh, David Caffrey, Robert Quinn and behind the scenes crew Mark O’Rowe (writer), Conor McDermottroe (writer/director), Joan Bergin (costume designer), Gary Lightbody (composer), Consolata Boyle (costume designer), Tom Conroy (production designer) and Tim Fleming (DOP) amongst many others.
IFTA also recently announced that Irish producer, Morgan O’Sullivan is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award, a tribute to his influence on the Irish film industry with credits including ‘The Tudors’, ‘Camelot’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Reign of Fire’, ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’.
Áine Moriarty concluded her announcement of Simon as this year’s IFTA host on an exciting note, commenting that: ”This year’s Awards Ceremony is already shaping up to be a vibrant and entertaining evening with Simon at the helm…and he’s got some fun surprises up his sleeve!”
The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at the CCD on Saturday, 12 February 2011. The ceremony will broadcast live on RTÉ One at 9.05pm. For further information and IFTA ceremony updates visit http://www.ifta.ie