Gráinne Seoige has been announced as host of the 2021 Virtual IFTA Awards.
The awards are going viral this year in order to keep in line with Covid regulations.
The journalist and television personality shared her delight at the job, Goss.ie reported she said,
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the IFTA awards this year. I’ve watched the Irish industry blossom over the years and have seen first-hand how IFTA has championed, nurtured and recognised Irish screen talent.”
“It’s a real honour to have been asked to host such an amazing awards show, especially in a unique studio environment, and to be a part of celebrating this incredible wealth of Irish filmmaking talent.”
CEO of the Irish Film & Television Academy, Áine Moriarty, added: “We’re delighted that Gráinne will be taking the helm at this year’s Awards Show. She’s the real deal, a bright spark and such a professional.”
“We’re excited to have her as our host this year with her West of Ireland charm and no doubt there’ll be the cúpla focail on the night to welcome our guests.”
Previous hosts of the show include Deirdre O’Kane, Caroline Morahan, Simon Delaney, Victoria Smurfit, Ryan Tubridy and Jimmy Nesbitt.
In the running for awards this year Normal People has received an astonishing 15 nominations.
The series itself is up for both Best Drama and Best Cinematography. While stars of the series are up for their own awards too. Of course, given his talent it comes as no surprise that Paul Mescal who played the lead character of Connell in the series is up for Best Actor, while Desmond Eastwood and Fionn O’Shea have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
We will be tuning in to Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4th, at 10pm, to see the winners!