The 2021 IFTA Awards were held virtually in Dublin and around the world on July 4. It was a lovely gala affair and, although many of us could not actually watch it live, it was great fun seeing the Twitter feed for the Academy load up each tweet with another new winner, another new owner of the accolade: Best.
Gabriel Byrne was in the running for Best Actor Film with a diverse array of fellow accomplished thespians. It is lovely that he was chosen, though, because his work in the surreal and multi-layered story-telling of Death of a Ladies’ Man took him outside his comfort zone, into realms of expression new to him, and to us, and that kind of derring-do and courage should be acknowledged.
And it was!
Here is the complete ceremony for Best Actor Film, presented by the incredible Olivia Colman!
According to Donald Clarke at the Irish Times:
Gabriel Byrne won best film actor for his turn as a dissolute college lecturer in Death of a Ladies’ Man. The Dubliner paid tribute to the musician whose songs inspired the film. “I’d also like to thank Leonard Cohen himself for his beautiful music and his words,” Byrne said. “One of the things that has always stuck with me is something he said: ‘there’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in’. Thank you so much everybody.”
Elsewhere, Gabriel Byrne won Best Actor Film for his performance in Death Of A Ladies Man. Olivia Colman presented the prize. Byrne said: “Well that’s a real shock to me, thank you – and I’m not just saying that. [The other nominees are…] All great actors and I’m honored to be among them.”
Congratulations, Mr. Byrne! We are all so happy for you! And I personally am jumping up and down for joy! heart