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Liam Neeson to be Honoured in Dublin at 2016 IFTA Awards on April 9th
22 Feb 2016 : Seán Brosnan
The Irish Film & Television Academy has announced that acclaimed Irish Actor Liam Neeson will be honoured with the Irish Academy Award (IFTA) for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema’ at the 2016 annual IFTA Film & Drama Awards, taking place in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday 9th April.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins will officially present the Award at the Ceremony on behalf of the Academy, the entire Irish film industry and his community of peers and friends, both North and South.

Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, to Katherine and Bernard Neeson, Liam Neeson has established himself as a world renowned and outstanding actor of his generation. His body of work has already spanned 30 years across a diverse range of projects; eighty four films in total. The Oscar nominated actor who has just completed work on Martin Scorsese’s new movie ‘Silence’, has garnered international recognition for his work in both major studio blockbusters and acclaimed independent features, delivering performances that have captivated audiences throughout the world.

Neeson has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers in the world; Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Boorman, Neil Jordan, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and Oliver Hirschbiegel among many others, and has collaborated multiple times with some of these directors.

He has received international Award recognition for various roles through his ability to depict real-life characters such as Michael Collins, Alfred Kinsey and Oskar Schindler – with the latter role universally acknowledged as an ‘exceptional’ performance garnering Neeson Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actor.

He has also been entrusted to deliver iconic roles and fictional characters in numerous major blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars and Batman and the enormously successful blockbuster trilogy Taken. His distinctive voice has also given life to animated characters including the Lion ‘Aslan’ in the Chronicles of Narnia, and he has narrated many international documentaries including the recent Irish series ‘1916’, a project close to Neeson’s heart.

In his home country of Ireland, Neeson is acknowledged as one of its most successful actors. His international achievement and status has made him an inspiring figure for young Irish actors and filmmakers. Alongside his work in major blockbuster movies, Neeson has always stayed connected with home productions, making at least seven Irish movies over the years and lending his distinctive voice to narrating important Documentaries. He has collaborated with Irish Director Neil Jordan across three films including the epic and much loved ‘Michael Collins’ for which he won numerous awards along with a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a Volpi Cup for Best Actor. The film celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA said: “I’m delighted that Liam Neeson is to receive this Award from the Irish Academy on April 9th. Liam is a luminary of film whose outstanding talent, craft and skill as an actor, along with his enormous achievements in the world of cinema, has made him an inspiration to young Irish filmmakers and actors coming through the ranks in our home industry today. We look forward to welcoming Liam back home to acknowledge and celebrate his achievements.”

Liam Neeson, responding to the news said: "I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the Irish Academy with this award, especially when I am following in the footsteps of an illustrious group of Irish filmmakers before me such as Boorman, Jordan, O'Hara and Sheridan. I look forward to coming to Dublin to celebrate with our home industry and with my colleagues and friends."

For more information on the 2016 IFTA Film & Drama Awards, go to www.ifta.ie.




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