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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'I slept through ceremony', says Oscar winner Annie

Annie Atkins who worked as lead designer on the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Annie Atkins who worked as lead designer on the Grand Budapest Hotel.

SHE may have bagged an Oscar, but Dublin-based graphic designer Annie Atkins has admitted she didn't realise she had won - because she had fallen asleep.

The designer and her team picked up the gong for Best Production Design for their work on Wes Anderson's movie The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Academy Awards.

However, the artist revealed she wasn't even at the star-studded award ceremony in LA and instead watched the show at her parents' home in Wales.

The delighted winner insisted the family's celebrations were "glamorous".

"I'm wasn't exactly in Los Angeles - I was in Wales at my mum and dad's house. But it was really glamorous - my dad cooked steak for dinner and we had champagne," she said.

Despite the nerve-wracking wait to find out if she had won the award, Annie admitted she didn't manage to stay awake for the announcement.

"I tried to stay up but I was really tired and then I fell asleep," she confessed.

CONFUSED

"The next thing I knew my dad was knocking at the door and it felt like the middle of the night. He said, 'I'm just warning you it's very early, it's six o'clock in the morning, but you won the Oscar'."

The Welsh designer, whose mother is Irish, said that excitement had replaced tiredness after finding out the news, and joked that being claimed as Irish was the best thing about the win.

"It's amazing. I don't know what to say really, it's real exciting," she said. "(Being called Irish) is the most exciting part, I feel like Daniel Day Lewis."

Despite joking on Twitter that "Apparently I get the left arm" of the award, the Irish citizen explained that she, along with the majority of the production team, will have to settle for certificates instead of statuette.

"I'll get a certificate. The actual statuette will go to Adam (Stockhausen) and Anna (Pinnock), who were the production designer and set decorator, they're in LA collecting the award," she told the Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

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