McPherson has received Tony Award nominations for The Seafarer, The Weir, and Shining City. Among his other plays are Rum and Vodka, Dublin Carol, Port Authority, and St. Nicholas.
Other winners of IFTAs in Film categories are Colin Ferrell (Ondine), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine). In addition, Meryl Streep won the Pantene Best International Actress Award - People's Choice for her performance in It's Complicated. The Hurt Locker was named Best International Film.