Wednesday 28 June 2017

#TBT: Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender at their first Oscars are simply adorable

(L-R) Model Kim Bordenave, Colin Farrell and his sister Claudine attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(L-R) Model Kim Bordenave, Colin Farrell and his sister Claudine attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Fassbender arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Michael Fassbender and his father Josef attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Fassbender arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Michael Fassbender (L) and Adele Fassbender attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Fassbender attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Fassbender attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(L-R) Model Kim Bordenave, Colin Farrell and his sister Claudine attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Colin Farrell and guests attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Colin Farrell presents onstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Colin Farrell and his mother Rita Farrell arrive at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Actor Colin Farrell (L) and his mother Rita arrive at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Bono and Ali Hewson attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Ruth Negga arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day Lewis during 62nd Annual Academy Awards at Music Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Ruth Negga arrives at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As we approach the Oscars this Sunday after another exhaustive year of red carpets, we trawled through the archives to see Irish actors on their first Academy Awards red carpet.

As we combed through pictures of Brenda Fricker, Saoirse Ronan and Liam Neeson, Farrell and Fassbender both stood out from the A-list crowd - namely for their sweet dates.

When he was nominated for his first Best Actor Oscar for 12 Years A Slave in 2014, Kerry native Michael brought the his leading lady to support him on the night - his mother Adele.

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Actor Michael Fassbender (L) and Adele Fassbender attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

It turns out the 38-year-old had plenty of opportunities to thank his parents for their support - he brought his father Josef, in a matching black tuxedo, to last year's awards.

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Actor Michael Fassbender and his father Josef attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

As for Colin? Back in 2003 when he was one of Hollywood's hottest commodities, he took his sister and best friend Claudine and his ex-girlfriend Kim Bordenave in all black.

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Actor Colin Farrell and guests attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

For the next one in 2008, Colin opted to treat his mother Rita to a night on the biggest stage in the world.

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Actor Colin Farrell (L) and his mother Rita arrive at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Oscars aren't exactly flooded with Irish talent, but we've enjoyed significant success over the years, including...

Here's Saoirse Ronan in 2008 at age 13 when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Atonement.

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Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Bono and Ali Hewson in 2003. Ali obviously gets bonus points for her shoes.

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Bono and Ali Hewson attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Brenda Fricker with her Best Supporting Actress statue back in 1990.

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Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day Lewis during 62nd Annual Academy Awards at Music Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

Liam Neeson didn't get an invite until 2009, but my goodness did he represent when he finally featured.

Director Neil Jordan with wife Brenda Rawn in 1993 when he won Best Screenplay for The Crying Game.

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Director Neil Jordan and Brenda Rawn attend the 65th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1993 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

This Sunday, Limerick native Ruth Negga is up for Best Actress for Loving and it will be her first ever Academy Awards.

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Actress Ruth Negga arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Good luck!

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