Saturday 25 February 2017

No red carpet nerves for Robert, 8

Robert Donnelly arrives for the Irish Film and Television Awards at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin
Robert Donnelly arrives for the Irish Film and Television Awards at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin

An eight-year-old boy in his First Holy Communion suit shared the red carpet with Hollywood veterans at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Young actor Robert Donnelly was attending the star-studded event in the capital to cheer on his latest project, Eamon, nominated for best film.

Despite rubbing shoulders with seasoned pros like Dubliner Brendan Gleeson and Midnight Cowboy star Jon Voight, the schoolboy had no pre-show jitters.

"No, I'm not nervous tonight," he said.

"Working on the film was good - it was really, really fun but really, really hard work too."

More than 150 nominated actors, directors and crew members were present in the hope of winning one of 39 cast-iron statuettes, voted for by Irish Film & Television Academy members.

A special lifetime achievement prize was presented to film-maker John Boorman in recognition of his work spanning five decades.

But the Wicklow-based Deliverance director admitted he was not normally a fan of awards events.

"I've been nominated five times for Oscars and I only turned up once because I don't like ceremonies that much," he said. "I've been talked into this because of all my friends I've worked with, that's a wonderful thing and I love to see them."

Best actor nominee Colin Farrell said the event was a great way to celebrate native accomplishments. "Nights like this are very important to support and recognise home-grown talent and put them on the world stage," the Ondine star added.

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