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Oscar hopefuls on show

Ireland's Oscar nominations will be celebrated this week with a special screening of all three films up for a prestigious award.

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will honour the achievements of film makers by showing The Secret Of Kells, The Door and Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday night.

The Secret Of Kells, which stars Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally, is one of five films up for Best Animated Feature and gets its US premiere in Boston on St Patrick's Day.

The joint Irish, French and Belgian production tells the story of an orphan named Brendan who is set the task of completing the Book Of Kells and in the process earns a new life of creativity and imagination where adventure, danger and action await him.

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty and The Door were nominated in the Best Short Film category.

It is the second time Brown Bag Films, the Dublin-based animators who devised Granny O'Grimm, have been up for an Oscar. In 2002 the short film Give Up Your Auld Sins was also nominated.