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Oscar fever at Lee Valley and Irish Oscar Nominations


The 88th Oscars

Oscar Fever at Lee Valley. What can I say – this is the best year ever for the Irish regarding the Irish Oscar nominations. In an unprecedented move, both Brooklyn and Room have been nominated in the Best Film category. Add this to them both being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay too – what a day for the Irish!

Irish Oscar nominations

The categories with Irish nominations include: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay. The results will be announced at the 88th Academy Awards on the 28th of February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The event goes live at 5:30pm PST, 8:30pm EST or 1:30 am on February 29th here in Ireland. Chris Rock will be returning to host the event; his first stint was in 2005.

Pleasant surprise

The nominations for Brooklyn and Room in Best Film were hoped for following the resounding success by reviewers universally. Both films were emotional depictions that resonated with real people. They were both also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress. The big surprise to me was Lenny Abraahamson’s nomination for Room in the Best Director category. Not that Lenny Abrahamson does not deserve it, he is an amazingly insightful director, more that it was surprising that he has been recognised as a great director. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was also nominated in three other categories.

The best actor nomination for Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the self-titled movie, was warranted. Fassbender, while not visually convincing, proved that he can portray the essence and characteristics of his assigned character. He was immense as Jobs, Apple company founder.

Oscar Statuette Blog By Lee Valley Ireland

Irish connections

The Irish connection to the nominations regarding the film Room is twofold. The film was produced in conjunction with the Irish Film Board. The author of the original book Room is Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin and now an Irish-Canadian citizen. 

Brooklyn, written by Colm Tóibín and adapted by Nick Hornby, was also produced in conjunction with the Irish Film Board. Nick Hornby is recognised for his adaption of the original book. Carlow born Saoirse Ronan is sensational in her portrayal of Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey. Her performance is poignant.

Pride in Irish Film

In any other year of the Oscars the Irish film followers would be overjoyed by Brooklyn’s three nominations. That said, Irish film followers are overjoyed with the success and recognition for Brooklyn but the entire experience is overshadowed by the overall success of all of the Irish nominations collectively. It is this same recent success of the Irish film industry and what this success means for the future of the same Irish film industry that outshines the excitement of the nominations.

We Irish are very proud of our participation and contribution to the global film industry. And that is what we will be celebrating on February 28th (29th here in Ireland).



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