Wednesday 7 December 2016

Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender lead Irish invasion at Oscars

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:16

Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Two Oscar nominations later, Michael Fassbender is one of Hollywood's hottest leading men.
Writer Emma Donoghue attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Saoirse Ronan has officially turned the red carpet green.

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The 21-year-old Irish actress stunned in a custom made sequin green gown by Calvin Klein with emerald and diamond drop earrings. The Carlow native is no stranger to the Oscars, having received her first nomination in 2007 when she was just 12 years old.

And she told E!'s Ryan Seacrest that she's much more comfortable on the Academy Awards red carpet now than she was then because "I know people now."

"It's completely different because I know people now. It's lovely, when I was here before it was my very first awards show and that's quite incredible. it was so huge and I didn't know anyone. I think just the fact that I've been publicising this for a year and it's our last hoorah, it's very exciting."

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Saoirse, who is nominated for Best Actress for Brooklyn, leads the strongest Irish representation ever at the Oscars, with 10 nominations across the board, including Michael Fassbender for Best Actor in Steve Jobs; Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director for Room; Emma Donoghue for Best Adapted Screenplay for Room and Dubliner Ben Cleary for Stutterer.

Fassbender, who has been dating Best Actress nominee Alicia Vikander for over a year, opted to walk the red carpet solo, although the pair are seated next to one another during the ceremony.

The Kerryman (38) wore a classic black suit, while Donoghue, who took home a Film Independent Spirit Award on Saturday night wore a custom made gown by Irish designer Don O'Neill.

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Two Oscar nominations later, Michael Fassbender is one of Hollywood's hottest leading men.
Two Oscar nominations later, Michael Fassbender is one of Hollywood's hottest leading men.
Writer Emma Donoghue attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Writer Emma Donoghue attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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