Brooklyn wins best movie as irish stars light up night
The countdown to the Oscars is well and truly on and Irish film Brooklyn received a major confidence booster at last night's BAFTA awards.
The film has proved a hit with the critics and nabbed a top spot at the British Film and TV awards in London.
The John Crowley directed film was up for a host of awards on the night and walked away with a nod for Outstanding British Film.
However, there was disappointment for the Irish on a number of fronts with both Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender missing out on the top acting gongs.
Brooklyn star Saoirse lost out to rival Brie Larson, who won the award for Best Actress for her appearance in Room.
The Lenny Abrahamson film has been sweeping a host of awards this season and last night the Irish filmmaker admitted that the film's success still didn't feel real.
Michael Fassbender also missed out on the award for Best Actor to Leonardo DiCaprio, who picked up the trophy for The Revenant.
Fassbender's co-star Kate Winslet, however, received an award for Best Supporting Actress, beating Brooklyn's Julie Walters.
Winslet, who stars alongside Fassbender in Steve Jobs, a biopic about the Apple founder, walked the red carpet alongside her Kerryman co-star.
Fassbender's other half - The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander - arrived at the venue separately and wowed in a silver embellished leather gown.
Speaking to RTE News ahead of the ceremony, Fassbender said the ceremony was an opportunity for him to try and get chatting to some of his film industry heroes.
Despite missing out on the nod for best actress, Hollywood sweetheart Saoirse Ronan proved again that she is already an old hand when it comes to awards shows.
Saoirse has been impressing fashion critics at a string of red carpet events with her mature and sophisticated style.
But last night, the 21-year-old Carlow star showed her funky side stepping out in a heavily decorated strapless gown, which she teamed with a pair of sky-high strappy silver stilettos and a chunky chain.
It was a night of some surprises making it even tougher for critics to call as the Oscars approaches.
British actor Idris Elba missed out on a nod for best supporting actor to Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies.
There was some more disappointment for the Irish on other fronts.
Colin Farrell's film The Lobster had also been nominated for the Outstanding British Film award.
Irish writer Emma Donoghue lost out on the Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Room to Adam McKay's film The Big Short.
Meanwhile, it was an impressive showing for Irish TV talent with both Laura Whitmore and Angela Scanlon landing high-profile hosting gigs.
Laura, who was the official BAFTA's reporter, dazzled in a floor length gown, while Angela opted for a black dress to host for BBC Three.