Ireland’s night at the 88th Academy Awards

Ireland's night at the 88th Academy Awards
Shan Christopher Ogilvie and Benjamin Cleary pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best live action short film, for work on “Stutterer” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Irish short film Stutterer, just 12 minutes long, won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action)

Despite a record number of Irish nominations for the 88th Academy Awards Stutterer’s Benjamin Cleary, who wrote, directed and edited the film, producers Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, and photography director Michael Paleodimos ended up being the only Irish nominees to take home the Oscar statue.

Cleary, who received the statuette from the young co-star of Room Jacob Trembly, said: “Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today even more so… Sláinte!”

Ireland's night at the 88th Academy Awards
Oscar®-nominee Brie Larson arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

But Room won Best Actress for its star Brie Larson and is considered an Irish success. Larson beat Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan for the Oscar.

There was some personal disappointment for Room author Emma Donoghue, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay nominees for her script of her own best-selling novel, and for English novelist Nick Hornby who adapted Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn. Both lost to The Big Short.

Room director Lenny Abrahamson lost out to The Revenant’s Alejandro G. Innaritu. He won last year for Birdman.

But Larson gave special thanks from the stage to Abrahamson and Donoghue for making the film.

“I’d like to thank our director Lenny Abrahamson who is incredible. Emma Donoghue, you created this world. Jacob Tremblay, my partner through this in every way.”

Ireland's night at the 88th Academy Awards
Oscar®-nominee Saoirse Ronan arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Saoirse Ronan, 21, dressed in an emerald, figure hugging Calvin Klein dress, told reporters one of her tips for surviving Oscars evening: “Eat beforehand because you won’t get fed for another six hours, so I ate a lot of food before I got here.”

She said she was just happy to be nominated and find herself in the company of industry legends: “When you’ve got people like Cate Blanchett and Charlotte Rampling who have been in the game for such a long time and have such a great body of work. To be put in a category with them for anything is wonderful.”

Similarly Lenny Abrahamson admitted that he didn’t expect to actually an Oscar for himself but the nomination was enough in itself. He was thrilled his leading lady Brie Larson had won: “For me that’s the reward, that’s the prize, I really wasn’t expecting it, such a small movie, that we would be here.

“Brie’s amazing, I’m just so proud this is the film that’s bringing her to the audience she deserves to have.”

President Michael D Higgins, who twenty years ago as arts and culture minister started to attract film makers to Ireland with various incentives, said the record number of Irish nominations meant Ireland’s film and TV industry is coming of age.

“It is now accepted internationally that Ireland has an accomplished film industry, providing a great return from the investment in film, made over recent decades, through highly skilled jobs and an enhanced international reputation,” he said.

See all the winners here:
BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight – WINNER

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room – WINNER

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – WINNER

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – WINNER

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out – WINNER

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant – WINNER

Sicario

Mad Max: Fury Road – Oscars 2016

COSTUME DESIGN

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Revenant

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DIRECTING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant – WINNER

Room

Spotlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Amy – WINNER

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Body Team 12

Chau, beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – WINNER

Last Day of Freedom

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FILM EDITING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul – WINNER

Theeb

A War

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out

the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight – WINNER

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre – WINNER

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story – WINNER

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer – WINNER

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SOUND EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina – WINNER

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

The Big Short – WINNER

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight – WINNER

Straight Outta Compton

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