Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris O’Dowd are just some of the stars attending the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards, happening in Dublin  tonight.

Both Fassbender and Gleeson are nominated for Best Actor in a leading role, while Chris O'Dowd is nominated in the supporting actor category for "Bridesmaids".

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will attend the star studded affair taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin.

Veteran Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan, star of “Some Mother’s Son” and “Lost”, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Academy on the night.

Other international stars attending include “Deperate Housewives” Dana Delany and AJ Buckley of “CSI New York”.


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Speaking ahead of the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards this weekend, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said: “Despite economic setbacks, Ireland can be proud of its creative talent who continue to deliver world class production, entertaining audiences both at home and around the world. The 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards promises to be a terrific evening of entertainment for the viewers at home, and a very special night of celebration for the 2012 nominees and Ireland’s film and television industry.”

Visit the Irish Film & Television Academy website for list of nominees.