'Saoirse deserves an Oscar, but Room is better bet', says director Jim Sheridan
It's been a great few months for Irish movie Brooklyn, charming Hollywood and winning a best film Bafta.
But when it comes to this weekend's Oscars, Dublin director Jim Sheridan reckons it's another Irish film - independent production Room - that's more likely to trouble firm favourite The Revenant.
Sheridan - who has been nominated for six Academy Awards - says the indie film directed by Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson has an "outside" chance at Sunday night's glitzy awards ceremony.
Both films share a category with some stellar competition, including Revenant, starring Dubliner Domhnall Gleeson and heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio.
"If I was going to back horses I would back Revenant," Sheridan told the Herald.
"And if you want me to talk about Room and Brooklyn, I think Room has an outside small chance.
"But overall, I think Revenant is probably going to win as it is such a big movie."
Room, which was produced by Dublin-based Element Pictures in cooperation with the Irish Film Board, received four Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture.
It also won a Best Actress nod for American Brie Larson, who picked up that same gong at the recent Baftas and Golden Globes.
She goes up against homegrown talent Saoirse Ronan, who has been lauded for her turn as Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn.
"Saoirse deserves an Oscar," Sheridan said. "She's a wonderful actress."
However, the 66-year-old My Left Foot director has tipped Larson to win, saying Saoirse's performance is not "showy" enough for the Academy Awards.