Saturday 17 February 2018

Moone Boy's David mixes with stars after blagging an Oscar ticket

Actor David Rawle aka Martin Moone (left) is pictured with fellow actors Deirdre O Kane and Peter McDonald.
Actor David Rawle aka Martin Moone (left) is pictured with fellow actors Deirdre O Kane and Peter McDonald.
Back, left to right: Lily Bernard, Desiree Holden and Katja Schumann and (front, left to right) Catherine Roycroft, Gary Chadwick and Nuria G Blanco of Cartoon Saloon getting ready for Oscar night in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Having harangued half of Hollywood for a ticket, 'Moone Boy' actor David Rawle managed to blag his way in to last night's 87th Oscar ceremony.

Rawle voiced the character Ben in Cartoon Saloon's acclaimed animation 'Song of the Sea'.

The 14-year-old flew out to LA last week in the hope of getting a ticket to the hottest show in town.

Thankfully, Cartoon Saloon producer Paul Young managed to locate a golden ticket at the 11th hour.

"I rang and emailed every day," Young told the Irish Independent.

"It's wonderful he is coming with us in the limo."

Director of 'Song of the Sea', Tomm Moore, added; "There is a great Christmas morning vibe going on here."

Some 20 members of the Kilkenny-based production team headed to Hollywood despite only possessing a total of 10 tickets.

Those who didn't make it into LA's Dolby Theatre watched the action play out on the big screen.

Last night, the bold and beautiful of Hollywood gathered for the prestigious awards ceremony.

Presented by Neil Patrick Harris, the Oscars featured performances by Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and Jennifer Hudson.

Back in Kilkenny, the remaining Cartoon Saloon staff held their own Oscars bash in Bridie's Bar on John Street.

"We are cheering them on," studio manager Catherine Roycroft said. "Just getting the nomination was such a huge achievement. We couldn't be prouder. The atmosphere is fantastic."

It is not the first time the production company has been nominated for an Oscar; the 2009 film 'The Secret of Kells' also received a nomination.

Northern Irish short film 'Boogaloo and Graham' also received a nomination in the Best Live Action Short.

Starring Charlene McKenna, the film tells the story of two young boys who discover the facts of life with the help of their pet chickens. John Carney's 'Begin Again' also received a nomination for Best Original Song.

Irish Independent

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