Saturday 24 March 2018

Oscars disappointment fails to crush Irish filmmakers' spirits after Pixar praise

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

They failed to get a gong but Irish Oscar nominees Michael Creagh and son Oran could be back in Hollywood soon.

The Skerries-based father and son's schoolboy drama 'The Crush' lost out at Sunday night's Oscars to 'God of Love'.

However, the Irish short film did impress someone in Hollywood -- John Lasseter, head of Pixar Animation.

The twice Oscar-winning director of animated films 'Toy Story 1 & 2 and 'Cars' saw 'The Crush' at a screening on Friday.

"John came up afterwards and told me how much he liked our film and how blown away he was by Oran's performance. It was a huge compliment given the fantastic work himself and his studio Pixar have done," Michael said.

The night ended with the Irish director and his son meeting Lasseter again, and inviting him to the seaside town where they live in Ireland to try the Guinness in local pub 'Stoop Your Heads'.

Irish Independent

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