The luck of the Ir­ish?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

Hav­ing re­ceived the best ac­tor Os­car for My Left Foot in 1990, Wick­low res­i­dent and Ir­ish cit­i­zen Daniel Day-Lewis well de­serves to win again for his tremen­dous por­trayal of an avari­cious oil prospec­tor in There Will Be Blood. Al­ready it has earned him a suc­ces­sion of awards, and he looks un­stop­pable on Sun­day night.

In the best orig­i­nal song cat­e­gory, Glen Hansard and Markéta Ir­glová seem set to col­lect an Os­car for Fall­ing Slowly, which they wrote and per­formed in Once. In com­pe­ti­tion are three songs from Dis­ney’s En­chanted, which should can­cel each other out, and one from Ir­ish di­rec­tor Kirsten Sheri­dan’s US film, Au­gust Rush.

If Fall­ing Slowly wins, it will be a sweet vic­tory af­ter the en­quiry into the el­i­gi­bil­ity of the song, which wasn’t re­solved un­til the day be­fore the Os­car bal­lots were mailed to vot­ers. Even if it doesn’t win, Hansard and Ir­glova stand to ben­e­fit hand­somely from the ex­po­sure of per­form­ing the song at the cer­e­mony be­fore such a huge global au­di­ence. There are two Ir­ish nom­i­nees for Atone­ment: Saoirse Ro­nan for best sup­port­ing ac­tress and

Sea­mus McGar­vey for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy. Re­garded as an early front-run­ner, the film ap­pears to have lost much of its mo­men­tum, and both those Ir­ish nom­i­nees are in fiercely com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories.

Peter J Devlin, from Belfast, is nom­i­nated in the best sound cat­e­gory for Trans­form­ers with his col­lab­o­ra­tors, Kevin O’Con­nell and Greg P Rus­sell. They were short­listed for Pearl Har­bor in 2002. (O’Con­nell, the ul­ti­mate Os­car brides­maid, is on his 20th Os­car nom­i­na­tion this year and has yet to win.)

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