Wednesday 13 December 2017

Room director Lenny Abrahamson: 'I'm worried I won't fit into my tux for the Oscars'

Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson

Kirsty Blake Knox and Fiona Dillon

With the Oscars kicking off on Sunday night, most of Hollywood's stars are practising extreme detoxes and diets. But not our Lenny Abrahamson, it seems.

The Oscar-nominated director has been "eating himself stupid" since touching down in LA - and is now concerned he won't be able to slip into his designer tux.

"I'm avoiding mirrors at all costs," he told the Herald. "I'm eating myself stupid, and getting increasingly worried that I won't fit into that suit."

Abrahamson said the atmosphere in pre-Oscars Los Angeles is surreal. "I've never experienced anything like it," he said.

"We're in this little bubble and it's all anyone talks about. It's hard not to be swept along by all the craziness."

Abrahamson is nominated for his work on Room, which has received several other nominations - including Best Film and Best Adapted Screen Play.

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room


Brie Larson, who takes on the lead role in Room, will go head-to-head with Saoirse Ronan, who is up for her role in emotive emigration tale Brooklyn, in the Best Actress category.

Author Colm Toibin wrote the 2009 novel that the movie - which is also in the running for Best Picture - is based on, and plans on pulling an all-nighter when he attends the Oscars.

"Sunday starts early and ends late, and that is my idea of fun," he said. "I'm very excited."

Brooklyn producer Alan Maloney will also attend the ceremony. It will be Maloney's second time at the Oscars, as he walked the red carpet back in 2011 when his film Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, was shortlisted for an award.

"Being at the Oscars is a bit bizarre, really," he said. "At first you're looking around frantically - but, after 10 minutes, you get slightly blase about the whole thing.

"To have two Irish films in the running for Best Film is a massive, massive achievement."

Meanwhile, it's a dream come true for student Sarah Toal, who will be mingling with the stars on the red carpet


The 20-year-old, who is from Beaumont in Dublin, won a competition which saw her jetting off to Hollywood for the big event. Aer Lingus ran the competition with TV3's Xpose programme.

It comes as Aer Lingus launches a new direct Dublin-to-Los Angeles service, starting on May 4, and is one of three new direct transatlantic destinations for the Aer Lingus Summer 2016 schedule.

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