All Irish eyes will be firmly fixed on the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday (Feb. 28) with an incredible nine nominations for Ireland at the 88th Academy Awards, including two films nominated for Best Picture.
The nominees for Ireland include: Saoirse Ronan: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Brooklyn; Michael Fassbender: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Steve Jobs; Brie Larson: Best Actress for Room, an Irish co-production and written by Irish author Emma Donoghue; Lenny Abrahamson: Best Director for Room; Brooklyn: Best Picture; Brooklyn: Best Adapted Screenplay; Room: Best Picture; Room: Best Adapted Screenplay; Stutterer: Best Live Action Short Film by Benjamin Cleary.
Also connected by The Force to Ireland is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was partly filmed on Skellig Michael, the island off the coast of County Kerry. This blockbuster movie with its big reveal ending has received multiple nominations: Best Original Score, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing and Editing.
Some major TV shows are also filmed in Ireland, including Game of Thrones, Vikings, Penny Dreadful, The Fall and Ripper Street.