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Hollywood stars Chris Pine, Colin Farrell and Gabriel Byrne among guest presenters for IFTA

Hollywood stars Chris Pine, Colin Farrell and Nicola Coughlan will be among the list of guest presenters at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Saturday.

They will be joined by Chris O’Dowd, Roma Downey, Michael Moore, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Charlie Cox, Victoria Smurfit and John Connors.

Comedian Deirdre O’Kane will host the IFTA Virtual Awards.

Fresh off his recent shoot on the fantasy epic Dungeons & Dragons which was filmed in Ireland, Star Trek and Wonder Woman lead Chris Pine will announce the Best Picture winner on the night.

Derry Girls and Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan will present the coveted IFTA Screen Ireland Rising Star Award, which she won last year, while Irish legends Gabriel Byrne and Colin Farrell will present the director’s awards respectively – Film and Actress in a Supporting Role – Film.

Emmy-nominated actress/producer Roma Downey will be on hand to announce the winner of the Best Drama category.

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will present the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award on Saturday, and Marvel’s Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox, who spent much of the lockdown filming KIN in Dublin, will present the Lead Actress – Film Award.

Actress Victoria Smurfit, currently filming the second season of Bloodlands, will announce the winner of the Supporting Actor – Drama category, with the legendary Liam Cunningham lending his suave tones at the Best Supporting Actress award drama while the iconic Fionnula Flanagan will present the hotly contested award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.

Young Belfast stars Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie and Lara McDonnell came together to present the award for Best Animated Short Film, with IFTA-winning actor John Connors announcing the winner of the Best Drama Screenplay category, while as Boyle’s most famous son, Chris O’Dowd joins Atlanta to add his unique charm to the proceedings by revealing the winner of the Lead Actress – Drama category.

Irish Film & Television Academy CEO Áine Moriarty said: “The Academy is delighted to bring together such an incredible group of on-screen talent to help celebrate what is truly a golden age for the Irish cinema and drama.

“Many of our international presenters have filmed here and have first-hand experience of the incredible talent that is recognized and rewarded through the awards.

“We look forward to welcoming them all, alongside this year’s nominees, and of course our wonderful host Deirdre O’Kane.”

Among the acting talents nominated at the evening are Belfast stars Ciarán Hinds and Caitríona Balfe and film writer/director Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley of The Lost Daughter, Passing star Ruth Negga, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor of The Bright Side, KIN stars Aidan Gillan and Clare Dunne, The Pursuit of Love actor Andrew Scott, Deadly Cuts and Hidden Assets actress Angeline Ball and Nightride star Moe Dunford.

KIN topped the shortlist with 13 nominations, while in the film categories, An Cailín Ciúin and Belfast topped the nominations with 10 nominations each.

The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on March 12, hosted by Deirdre O’Kane and broadcast on Virgin Media One at 8:30 p.m.