Saturday 20 January 2018

Great Scott jets off to Oscars

Young Dub is praying his film will scoop a gong

Oscar nominee Scott
Graham and his dad Paul
arriving at Dublin Airport
Oscar nominee Scott Graham and his dad Paul arriving at Dublin Airport yesterday.

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

START as you mean to go on.

The Oscars is, of course, a byword for glitz and glamour and one Dublin schoolboy heading to the film showcase left in style yesterday.

A chauffeur-driven silver Lexus picked up Scott Graham at 10am from the family home in East Wall.

Among his luggage was a sparkling tuxedo, and the 11-year-old was practising his dazzling style for the Hollywood red carpet tomorrow night at the Kodak Theatre.

"You always joke with other actors, 'See you at the Oscars'," he told the Irish Independent. "You never in your wildest dreams expect to be going yourself, especially when you're 11 years old."

Last month, Scott was stunned to learn that 'Pentecost', an Irish short film in which he stars, had been nominated in the Short Film category at the 84th Oscars.

However, the child actor thought he would be unable to attend the ceremony after his beloved grandmother, Phyllis, suffered a stroke.

Thankfully, in recent weeks she has recovered well, and is now out of hospital, leaving Scott free to make his Oscar trip.

"It's great to have Nana back at home, and me going to the Oscars has really cheered her up," he said.

His trip to Tinseltown, with dad Paul, will see him tour Universal Studios and "do a few meetings".

In 'Pentecost', he stars as an altar boy torn between Mass and playing soccer. And if the Peter McDonald-directed movie wins, Scott said he would "wing" his acceptance speech.

"I'll be thanking Eugene Downes at Culture Ireland, my agent Lorraine Brennan, and most of all St Joseph's CBS in Fairview, who have given me til next Thursday off," he laughed.

But 'Pentecost' will have to fight it out with another Irish film in the same category.

Director Terry George's 'The Shore' stars Ciaran Hinds as a man who returns to the North after fleeing the Troubles 25 years earlier and has also been critically acclaimed.

Irish Independent

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