'Granny' sparkles in the battle for Oscar glory
WHEN you're set to walk down the red carpet at the Oscars, there's only one person you need on speed dial: your diamond dealer. So, when Kathleen O'Rourke, who voices the character of Granny in the Oscar-nominated Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, found out about the honour, she was straight on the phone to 'celebrity jeweller to the stars', Maria Collins.
Kathleen, who jetted out to Los Angeles this weekend, will be strutting down the red carpet dripping with diamonds, her fingers crossed for Oscar glory.
As Ms Collins explained: "It's a very red-carpet collection that we have chosen from. Kathleen has the same colouring as Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman, so I thought the drop earrings would look stunning with her strapless gown."
The 30-year-old communications graduate from Ballyhide, Carlow, will be wearing diamond drop earrings consisting of two four-carat marquise-cut diamonds with a drop that features 10-carat brilliant-cut diamonds, and a matching collarette set in 18-carat white gold.
As to the value of the breathtaking jewels, insiders say the gems are worth a six-figure sum. "She'll have security with her the entire time," smiled Ms Collins.
Kathleen, who has chosen the up-and-coming Korean designer Su Yung to design her purple silk strapless gown, says she has already enjoyed a taster of Hollywood's glitterati.
"I'm hopeful I might meet George Clooney again. It's pathetic, I know, but I live in hope. When I met him I got a picture taken and then he said he was off to the bar, which isn't exactly as I'd always imagined our meeting," she laughed. "But such is life."
"I'm really looking forward to walking up the red carpet, too, and I'm a little bit hopeful of the Oscar. I wish I wasn't because there's always the possibility that we won't win but unfortunately optimism has gotten the better of me."
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, which was made by Irish company Brown Bag Films, has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.