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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Scott's Oscars joy as he jets off for awards

DUBLIN teen actor Scott Graham has jetted off to Hollywood after managing to snap up two tickets for this Sunday's Oscars at the last minute.

The 13-year-old, who stars as an altar boy in Oscar-nominated short film Pentecost, took off from Dublin airport with his dad and will be rubbing shoulders with movie A-listers.

Proud father Paul told the Herald the four-day holiday was a trip of a lifetime for Fairview native Scott and that the "mad dash" this week was worth it.

"We got a call a few days ago, so it's all been very short notice and crazy busy trying to organise everything.

"The producer Eimear [O'Kane] really wanted Scott to be there so she applied for second round tickets, so she sorted it all out for us.

"We had planned to watch the awards together at home, myself, my wife Clare and the two kids, but this is Scott's thing so of course we're pulling out all the stops for him," he said. "Sometimes all those occasions of standing in the rain during filming pay off."

Sporting the same suit he wore to the IFTAs earlier this month, student Scott will team up with Pentecost producer Eimear as well as the production's director Peter McDonald ahead of the bash tomorrow and the group have hired out a stretch limo to arrive in style.

"We're all going to walk the red carpet together. I'm not too fussed about it, but Scott loves it and we're happy to accommodate him where we can," said Paul. "I was contemplating wearing a green bow tie but I think I'll go for something more subtle, like cuff links," added Scott.

"We've been told we can't come home without a picture of George Clooney for mum and I certainly wouldn't mind a photo taken with Megan Fox," revealed the teen, who joked that his dad is secretly hoping to get into a picture with superstar Angelina Jolie.

The pair are making sure to take in the sights of LA before arriving home on Wednesday and young Scott is determined to pay a visit to Universal Studios. Also high on his list is a trip to Hollywood's walk of fame.

"I want to see all the stars houses too, I don't care which one, I know my jaw will probably drop to the floor anyway."

labutler@herald.ie

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