Kerry Condon is an Irish actress.
Hollywood needs to update its Irish stereotypes. Last weekend, US TV mainstay Saturday Night Live depicted Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as unintelligible with the punchline: “Wow, and they haven’t even started drinking yet!”
WHILE many couldn’t wait to see who won what at the 95th Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, there was plenty at stake on the red carpet, too. Fashion Editor Bairbre Power casts her eye over some of the glittering outfits on show and reveals her winners and losers.
We may not have had the night we envisioned, but it was still an incredible night for the Irish at the Oscars, with 25% of the acting nominees being Irish, and the first ever Irish language film was up for best international feature. But if you’re in the US, you’d be forgiven for not knowing any of that, and just thinking the Paddies were over for a sesh and a brawl.
Last night, Kerry Condon took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the tolerant, kind and refreshingly sensible Siobhán in Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin. It was one of four prizes for the Irish film.
Earlier this month, Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin made Irish history when it received nine Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
The remarkable success of Ireland’s film industry in this year’s Oscars nomination process presents a golden opportunity to further develop a sector which is estimated to be worth in excess of half a billion euro in turnover annually. The film sector is already an important employer in Ireland and now has the potential for even more growth and to make the country a significant world player in terms of creativity and technical skills.
In a remarkable feat, Colin Farrell and Paul Mescal; Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan; and Kerry Condon were nominated for, respectively, Best Actor; Best Supporting Actor; and Best Supporting Actress in the 2023 Academy Awards. On top of that, An Cailín Ciúin bagged a Best International Feature nod.
It probably sounds hyperbolic in the extreme, but a great deal of today’s great female comedy has Sharon Horgan in its DNA. Some stone-cold hits – Motherhood, Divorce, Catastrophe, Pulling, Dead Boss – are her direct creations, and each is as astute and brilliantly audacious as the last.
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