Oscar Nominations to be announced
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly's Oscar-hopeful Head Over Heels
The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10. London based Irish producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly will find out if her animated short Head Over Heels makes the final list for Best Animated Short.
The story follows husband and wife, Walter and Madge, as they try to rebuild their marriage. The only thing getting in their way is that Walter lives on the floor and Madge lives on the ceiling. Can they really see eye to eye when they can’t decide which way is up?
Fodhla is from Cromane in Kerry and a recent graduate of The National Film and Television School now working as a producer with Parallel. She revealed her surprise and delight at being shortlisted when the Irish World interviewed her in November: “We never thought about it but I always knew there was something special about Tim (Reckart) the director. There are big things for him in the future. We’ll see. Fingers crossed.”
Alex Gibney’s documentary Mea Maxima Culpa, Silence in the House of God may also be nominated for Best Documentary Feature, an award he was won before. Gibney exposes the facts of clerical abuse in a hard hitting investigative film.
The Oscars takes place on February 24.
Maggie Gyllenhall Talks Frank-ly
Maggie Gyllenhaal, the star of Donnie Darko, Secretary, The Dark Knight and sister of Jake Gyllenhaal, has joined the cast of Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.
The cast list was leaked by newspaper Albuquerque Business First and contained Gyllenhaal's name, although not the part that she will play.
The film already had Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson attached and tells the story of a wannabe musician who finds out he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins the eccentric band of mysterious Frank.
Frank will start shooting in New Mexico and Dublin later this year and is eagerly awaited after the success of Abrahamson’s What Richard Did.
What Richard Did is currently showing in UK cinemas.
O'Dowd Enjoying Family Tree
The Roscommon actor Chris O’Dowd has spoken of how much he is enjoying work on Christopher (Spinal Tap) Guest’s Family Tree which is almost completely improvised.
The story centres on O'Dowd’s character who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after his aunt leaves him a mysterious box in her will.
Speaking to Vulture, the 33-year-old actor said: "It's totally improvised: essentially, you go into each scene with a paragraph of story, but there's no dialogue written down. It's very exciting, but it's hard, I'm not gonna lie.
"It's a tricky skill to improvise while also getting all that story across, but I'm enjoying it. I have to say, I'm really excited for January because we're bringing in some of the guys who've been in his troupe for so long.
"It's been all English people up till now, but Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr and Chris Guest himself come into the show in January, so I can't wait for that."