Dubliner Ben Cleary the toast of his old school after short film 'Stutterer' wins Oscar
Published 01/03/2016 | 07:10
Staff and students at Oscar- winner Ben Cleary's old school in Dublin have spoken of their pride at his achievement.
In a statement issued to the Herald, St Michael's College in Ailesbury Road offered its "huge congratulations" after Cleary's film, Stutterer, picked up the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.
"This wonderful achievement follows hot on the heels of a previous Oscar nomination for another past pupil, producer and actor Peter McDonald, who was also nominated for Best Short Film in 2012," it said.
Dubliner McDonald was nominated for Pentecost, which he wrote and directed.
"Ben's achievement is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the success of a growing band of St Michael's past pupils who have chosen careers in the arts," the statement continued.
Among distinguished alumni of the school are actors Killian Scott of Love/Hate fame, Jason O'Mara who has appeared in CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds and Allen Leech who found fame in Downtown Abbey.
"The entire college community, and especially the class of 2002, are delighted with Ben's wonderful success," the statement added.
The 32-year-old film-maker from Rathmines was thrilled to collect a gong.
Stutterer, which stars Matthew Needham and Chloe Pirrie, made it to the final 10 from 144 short films.
The Sligo-born designer who made Cleary's tux for Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles was delighted to see one of his creations on the red carpet.
Cian McAuliffe (36), of Beggar's Run in London, told how he managed to get the bespoke tux ready in under a week.
"Ben sent me a text saying he needed a suit for the Oscar's and could I help him out," said McAuliffe. "He was leaving the next week for LA."
Cleary was too busy to go to London, so a Skype fitting was organised.
"Basically, he was at home with his mother and they had a measuring tape and I directed her on what measurements I needed," said McAuliffe. "It fitted perfectly."