Thursday 25 December 2014

Oscar Bravo: Kerry's Fodhla gets ready for her big night at Academy Awards

Published 22/02/2013 | 09:30

With Timothy Reckart, who wrote and directed the short Head Over Heels
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly is nominated for an Oscar for her animated film
At the 8th Annual 'Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film' event on Thursday night in LA
Fodhla at the official Oscar nominees lunch in Hollywood, where she was snapped with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway
The animated short Head Over Heels is about a couple who have grown apart over the years

Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly is preparing to walk the red carpet for Sunday night's Oscars, by practising walking in her heels

The 26-year-old from Cromane Lower in Kerry, worked as the producer on the film, and is in countdown mode for Sunday night's ceremony, but will be attending on her own, despite her mum travelling to Kerry.

"I can't get her a ticket but she's happy just to soak up the atmosphere of being in Hollywood and LA. We're from a small fishing village in Co Kerry so she's very excited."

Fodhla's film Head Over Heels is nominated in the best animated short film category.  The short was made while she was still at the National Film And Television School (NFTS) in England.

The film, which lasts around 10 minutes, is about a long-married couple who have grown apart but still share a house - with one of them living on the floor and the other on the ceiling.

Fodhla, who watched the nominations being read out on Skype while sitting at her desk job in Parallel Films in London, says is shocked by the little movie’s success to date.

"We won the Annie Award [an animated award], but we never expected the film to be such a success, taking us to Hollywood.

Since being nominated, Fodhla has been spending time in LA meeting with movie executives. "I've had so many exciting meetings, press interviews and TV work, I haven't had time to think about winning, but it would be a huge honour if we did win."

She recently attended the Oscar nominees lunch in Hollywood, where she rubbed shoulders with Bradley Cooper and was pictured with Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway.

She reveals she was so busy in advance of the lunch that she didn't have time to think about what to wear, and simply threw on an Asos dress and Clarks shoes.

However, on Sunday night she is going to be dressed for the event by Irish designer Laura-Jayne Halton, who heard her on a radio interview say she hadn't got a dress for the night, so called her up and offered to design a dress specifically for the occasion for free.

And between now and Sunday night Fodhla will be getting ready  for the red carpet by practising walking in high heels.

"I'm terrified of falling over in my heels, so I'm going to practise wearing them before the awards."

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