THE director of Ireland's only Oscar hopeful has revealed that he isn't practising his speech ahead of Sunday's ceremony as he thinks his chance of picking up the gong is a long shot.
"Honestly the nomination is the win for us," Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon told the Herald.
"It's a long shot, we do have a chance, but lets just say I'm not working on my speech. If we do win it'll have to be off the cuff."
"The win for us though is to be included in the list and getting to go along and to stand beside the others."
Song of the Sea has been shortlisted for an academy award alongside megahits like How To Train Your Dragon 2. The Kilkenny-based animator has been touring the pre-Oscar circuit in LA ahead of Sunday's award ceremony.
On Thursday, he was joined by Moone Boy star David Rawle who provided one of the main voiceovers for the film.
The 14-year-old actor will attend the 87th Academy Awards with his parents.
Acting legend Brendan Gleeson also lent his voice to the production. It is not Moore's first time getting a nod from the Academy. In 2010, the company's film The Secret of Kells also made the shortlist.
This time, the team of around 20 who jetted to LA are able to enjoy the buzz around Tinsel Town for the biggest event of the calendar.
"Last time there was more nerves we were a bit like rabbits in headlights," Moore admitted.
A nod from the Oscars has shown that the animation industry in Ireland is a 'huge success story' according to the director.
"All of the studios I know in Dublin are busy," he said.
The team attended a panel discussion hosted by Frozen filmmakers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee this week. The Oscar-nominated director said he is enjoying connecting with other Irish animators and filmmakers in LA.
"There is a great Irish mafia out here who are working in studios and are very successful and they have all been so supportive," he noted.
Song of the Sea is slated for Irish release in July.