HE might not have won a gong, but Killarney actor Michael Fassbender was the talk of the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards for his role as a sex-obsessed New Yorker in 'Shame'.
So much so that George Clooney made light of his fellow nominee's naked scenes when he picked up his Best Actor award for film 'The Descendants'.
"I would like to thank Michael Fassbender for taking over the frontal nude responsibility that I had. Really, Michael, honestly, you can play golf like this with your hands behind your back. Go for it man, do it," said Mr Clooney while making a golf swing motion on-stage with his hands behind his back.
Earlier in the evening, Fassbender (34) had embraced fellow Irishman Brendan Gleeson for the cameras on the red carpet outside the event in Beverly Hills. There had been high hopes that Mr Gleeson would be recognised in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy Or Musical category, for his role as Sergeant Gerry Boyle in Irish box-office smash 'The Guard'.
However, the former teacher lost out in his category to French actor Jean Dujardin, star of silent film 'The Artist'.
Madonna triumphed over Sinead O'Connor in the remaining category in which Irish hopes rested, that of Best Original Song.
'Masterpiece', featured in Madonna-directed movie 'WE', triumphed over 'Lay Your Head Down', by nominated Irish composer Brian Byrne and actress Glenn Close from the soundtrack of movie 'Albert Nobbs'.