The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to our leader, Leo Varadkar, who interrupted his essential, vital and imperative White House visit to briefly address the Irish people on the housing crisis.
It’s 4am on Monday morning, and you’ve just sat through four hours of live coverage of the Oscars (Sky Arts, Sunday, midnight), only to realise you could have gone to bed and caught the edited highlights on RTÉ2 later that day instead.
The rise of rental on the Irish fashion scene is real. Just ask Rhoda McDonagh. The former banker set up the Designer Room rental business in her Sandymount home in 2017, and last Sunday she had quite a coup when a gold sequinned dress she rents for €200 for four days ended up on the Oscars VIP carpet.
Offensive. Racist. More anti-Irish bigotry from Hollywood. That was the general response to the recent Saturday Night Live sketch that seems to have left so many of us foaming at the mouth with a weird, incandescent rage.
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!”
A PHOTO of Barry Keoghan’s Dominic, tagged with his by-now famous line: “There goes that dream”, did the rounds on Achill Island this morning, triggering a flurry of dismayed posts on the “Banshees’ Extras” Whatsapp group.
That’s it, folks. After six months, hundreds of trophies, dozens of red-carpet appearances and enough victory-speech tears to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, the curtain finally closes on another awards season. It’s about time.
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.
Makeup artist Michèle Burke keeps her professional awards, of which there are many, in the living room of her Los Angeles home. Spread out across her mantelpiece and bookshelves, there are two Baftas, a Primetime Emmy and the Lifetime Achievement Award she won at the Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists Guild last year.
Sir — Apart from the fear of losing control of their properties to their tenants and the inadequacy of the Residential Tenancies Board (a quango operating in a manner that would make Dad’s Army look like an elite fighting force), there is now another reason for landlords to sit up and take note.
It’s impossible to sit through the Oscar-winning Everything Everywhere All at Once without crying your eyes out. It would be fair to wonder why this story of a Chinese immigrant family running a failing launderette in the US struck a chord with audiences around the world. But Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s film is being lauded as a shoo-in for Best Picture at the Oscars this year for a reason – it helps us understand trauma that isn’t entirely our own, the kind that is passed on through generations.
Brendan Gleeson, who is up for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar tomorrow night, features in four of Bob Geldof’s all-time favourite Irish films – however, his number one is 1982 rural drama, The Ballroom of Romance. At number two is The Banshees of Inisherin, while The Guard, The General and In Bruges all get a mention.
This is Oscars weekend, and I’m going for broke. I’m putting it all on The Fabelmans as most likely to take Best Picture and Steven Spielberg to walk away with Best Director.
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