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Sunday 20 April 2014

U2 tipped for Oscar after landing no 'Ordinary' gong

Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., and The Edge (L to R), from the band U2, pose backstage with their award for Best Original Song for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  (GOLDENGLOBES-BACKSTAGE)
Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., and The Edge (L to R), from U2.

U2 are in pole position to win an Oscar after the supergroup picked up a gong at the 71st Golden Globes in Hollywood.

The band won the Best Original Song award for their 'Ordinary Love' track, which features in the Nelson Mandela biopic, 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'

The Globes are the traditional curtain raiser for awards season in Hollywood, and a good barometer as to what might come at the Academy Awards.

U2 beat off competition from Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' from the movie 'One Chance', Coldplay's 'Atlas' from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', and Justin Timberlake's song 'Please Mr Kennedy' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'.

"This really is personal for us," said lead singer Bono, who paid tribute to the late South African president.

"This man turned our life upside down and right side up, this man who refused to hate. We wrote a love song because it's what's extraordinary about this film."

"We have been working for President Mandela since the 1970s, since we were teenagers and did our very first concert for the anti-apartheid movement," bandmate The Edge added.

The music group toasted their win with new manager Guy Oseary, who succeeded U2's long-term manager Paul McGuinness last November.

Dalkey-based singer Bono was accompanied by his wife Ali Hewson, who looked stunning in a floor-length, long sleeved black dress.

Meanwhile, Irish actor Michael Fassbender lost out to Jared Leto on the Best Supporting Actor role for his portrayal in '12 Years a Slave'.

However, Fassbender's movie did manage to win the top prize of the evening, winning the Best Picture (Drama) award.

Colin Farrell was also there, accompanied by his sister Claudine.

The former 'Bally- kissangel' actor, whose 'Saving Mr Banks' co-star Emma Thompson was nominated for Best Actress In A Drama, presented an award during the ceremony.

It was a positive result for 'American Hustle', with Jennifer Lawrence claiming the Best Supporting Actress title, while her co-star Amy Adams won Best Actress. The film also won Best Picture (Musical or Comedy).

Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and Cate Blanchett won Best Actress (Drama), with Best Director going to Alfonso Cuaron for 'Gravity'.

Meanwhile, Irish nurse Philomena Lee was as much a star as the winners and nominees at the 2014 Golden Globes.

The 80-year-old, whose life has been re-enacted on the silver screen in 'Philomena', attended the lavish ceremony in Hollywood on the arm of actor Steve Coogan and, wearing a floor-length purple gown, looked radiant as she was introduced by the comedian on stage.

Directed by Stephen Frears and co-written by Coogan, 'Philomena' was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Actress in a Drama for Judi Dench.

Irish Independent

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