‘A better deal than the Oscars’: the party celebrating the Irish in Hollywood

Jamie Dornan and Kenneth Branagh were honored at this year’s Oscar Wilde awards amid excitement over BelfastIreland could see big victories at the Academy Awards this year, with Irish actors nominated in key categories including best supporting actor and actress.

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, inspired by his own childhood during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, secured seven nominations, including for best picture and best original screenplay.At Ireland’s own Oscar party, the Oscar Wilde awards, in Los Angeles on Thursday, the mood was optimistic, with Belfast cast members and other celebrities excited about the film’s nominations and the power of seeing broad recognition for an Irish story.

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