'Every day is a proud day to be Irish but today more so than usual' - Triumph for Irish director Ben Cleary as Stutterer wins Best Live Action Short Oscar
Young Irish director Ben Cleary is celebrating this morning as his film Stutterer has won Best Live Action Short at the Oscars.
The 32 year old filmmaker from Rathmines wrote and directed the film and largely funded the project himself.
Stutterer, which stars Matthew Needham and Chloe Pirrie, made it to the final ten from a long list of 144 films for the Oscars and has cleaned up at a range of film festivals throughout the year.
"You know when you make your first film you've got to convince a lot of people to jump on board and take a risk with a first time director so to every single member of the cast and crew of Stutterer for jumping on board and taking a risk with me I'm forever grateful," said Ben on accepting his award.
"To the academy for this award, it's such a huge honour, thank you so much. To my amazing aprents for all the support, thank you. Chloe Pirrie you're amazing wherever you are up there, to the wonderful Matthew Needham, you are this film brother.
"Every day is a proud day to be Irish but today more so than usual so everyone for all the support back home thank you so much."
Speaking to Anton Savage on Today FM following the win, Ben said, "It's been surreal all week but even more so now. It's amazing."
Ben accepted the award with producer Selena Armitage and they revealed they were hitting the town to celebrate.
"It’s actually been really nice. We just left the whole ceremony there, and we’ve gotten back now," he said. "We’re best mates and we just got back to the flat and it’s sinking in a bit I think. We’re definitely going to head out now and have a laugh. What a night, we’re delighted."
Of bringing the Oscar with them he joked, "I just said to Serena there, ‘Can we leave it here?’ But she said, no, it’s our ticket into some of the parties so we’re bringing it with us, it’s even surreal just seeing the thing."
Ben revealed he could barely remember what he said on stage.
"It’s mad, I can barely even remember what I said up on stage but I’m getting really nice texts from everyone back home saying that they’re delighted for us and that the speech was decent which is good cause I’ve gone to the lads ‘what did I actually say up there?’," said.
"The support from everyone back home has been unbelievable so yeah, I’m just really proud. It’s been such a good year for Irish film, to even be in the same conversation as some of the legends that were nominated is brilliant for us. So we’re delighted.
"We’re slightly tired but we’re bolstered up by this and we’re gonna go out and have some night tonight I’d say! We’re gonna head out to a party now and hopefully meet up with my brother who’s here and two of my best mates are here and they’re really the people I want to go see now and just saviour this moment with them. It’s a special time."
Stutterer is currently available to watch on the RTE Player
Elsewhere, Lenny Abrahamson's Room missed out in the Best Film category to Spotlight while Emma Donoghue lost out on Adapted Screenplay to Adam McKay for The Big Short. However, Brie Larson won Best Actress for her role in the Irish director's film.
Leonardo DiCaprio beat off competition from Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon, Bryan Cranston, and Eddie Redmayne to win Best Actor.
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Supporting Actor: Bridge of Spies
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story
Best Original Song: Sam Smith, Writing's On The Wall
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Live Action Short Film: Stutterer
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Original Film Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Academy Honorary Awards: Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds.