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Friday 15 December 2017

No gongs but Irish proudly fly the flag for cinema here

Back, left to right: Lily Bernard, Desiree Holden and Katja Schumann and (front, left to right) Catherine Roycroft, Gary Chadwick and Nuria G Blanco of Cartoon Saloon getting ready for Oscar night in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.
Back, left to right: Lily Bernard, Desiree Holden and Katja Schumann and (front, left to right) Catherine Roycroft, Gary Chadwick and Nuria G Blanco of Cartoon Saloon getting ready for Oscar night in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.

Even though there was no gold statuettes, the Irish nominated  did their country proud.

Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon missed out on the gong for Best Animated Feature Film for Song of the Sea.

Illustrators Tomm Moore and co-founder Paul Young soaked up the atmosphere at the Dolby Theatre, despite the disappointment.

Star Chris O’Dowd tweeted his commiserations to the gang behind the cartoon – including Moone Boy co-star David Rawle, who featured in the film.

“Ye were robbed @rawle_david & @CartoonSaloon! I don’t mean the #Oscar, I’ve just looted your hotel rooms. Some decent stuff. Cheers!” Chris joked.

Speaking to Anton Savage on Today FM this morning, Rawle admitted he was “lucky” to get tickets to the ceremony.

“It was the whole LA dream,” he said. But the ceremony wasn’t as glamorous as David (14) expected, as there was a “separate red carpet for A-listers”.

“There were only really small pieces of food. We had to bring these power bars. I can still taste them, they were horrible!”

Meanwhile Dublin-based designer Annie Atkins said she was thrilled to be part of the team that claimed the Best Production Design Oscar for Grand Budapest Hotel last night.

Annie’s reaction to the win was down-to-earth and she was watching the ceremony from home.

“Apparently I get the left arm. Will figure out a way to bring it into the office,” she tweeted.

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