Film journo and all-round intelligent bloke Donald Clarke has an article in Today's Irish Times that asks questions on the credibility of some awards in this year's IFTAs. You can read that article on-line here.
Similar to what I've said in the past, he challenges that the added glamor and ceremony over the past few years has cheapened the awards and, even though it promotes shorts and low-budget endeavors, has ended up being nothing more than an opportunity to have a few famous faces on the morning papers.
When the response you get from Aine Moriarty, IFTA Chief Executive, is "Who is voicing this opinion? It is ridiculous" it just shows how closed minded the awards are.