Wednesday 28 September 2016

It's time to roll out the green carpet: Irish stars get into party mood for the Oscars

Published 26/02/2016 | 07:28

Director Lenny Abrahamson and Monika Abrahamson attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, California
Director Lenny Abrahamson and Monika Abrahamson attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, California
Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, California
Actresses Fionnula Flanagan and Nora-Jane Noone attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California

It's time to roll out the green carpet.

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Actors Colin Farrell, Chris O'Dowd and Fionnula Flanagan partied the night away at a glitzy bash in LA ahead of Sunday night's Oscar ceremony.

Actresses Fionnula Flanagan and Nora-Jane Noone attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California
Actresses Fionnula Flanagan and Nora-Jane Noone attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California

The Irish are well represented with a record nine nominations.

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Brie Larson (Room) are up for Best Actress while Michael Fassbender will go head to head with Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor.

Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, California
Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware on February 24, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.Actors Chris O'Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell attend The Irish Film Board and IDA celebrating the success of Irish cinema at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, California

Brooklyn and Room are both contenders in the Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay categories; Ben Cleary's film Stutterer is in the running for Best Short Film and Lenny Abrahamson has got a nod in the Best Director category.

Official Oscar voting closed this week and the ballots are now being counted.

It's little wonder that tensions are running high in Tinsel Town.

However, some of our most talented film names kicked back at the Irish Film Board and IDA's Irish Creativity and Innovation in the Limelight networking event on Wednesday night in hip restaurant Laurel Hardware.

Brooklyn actress Nora-Jane Noone, producer Ed Guiney and Abrahamson also attended the event and were photographed on the red carpet with Farrell and O'Dowd.

It's shaping up to be a busy year for O'Dowd. He has several projects in the pipeline, including Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and animated flick Loving Vincent.

The Moone Boy star was quick to praise the Irish hopefuls who got Oscar nods.

"There are incredibly talented people from a very small island making incredibly beautiful work," he said.

Abrahamson has been outspoken in his appeal for the Irish Government to increase the funding for home-produced films.

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