Oscars: Disappointment for Ireland as 'Banshees of Inisherin' misses out

Martin McDonagh's 'Banshees of Inisherin' left empty-handed, despite nine nominations
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.42 13 Mar 2023

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Oscars: Disappointment for Ireland as 'Banshees of Inisherin' misses out

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.42 13 Mar 2023

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'Everything Everywhere All At Once' has made history at the Oscars, winning three acting awards and the night's big prize for Best Picture.

However it was a disappointing night for the Irish, following a record number of Academy Award nominations.

Martin McDonagh's 'Banshees of Inisherin' left empty-handed, despite nine nods.


Colin Farrell and fellow Irish nominee Paul Mescal both missed out on the Actor in a Leading Role gong to Brendan Fraser in 'The Whale'.

Colin Farrell and Henry Tadeusz Farrell. Colin Farrell and Henry Tadeusz Farrell at the Academy Awards. Picture by: Landon Nordeman

While Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan also missed the Actor in a Supporting Role win to Ke Huy Quan in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'.

The multiverse sci-fi comedy took home seven awards in total, with acting wins for stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis - who took home the prize over Irish actress Kerry Condon.

Austin Butler and Kerry Condon at the Academy Awards Austin Butler and Kerry Condon at the Academy Awards. Picture by: Landon Nordeman

German anti-war epic 'All Quiet On The Western Front' picked up four awards, including Best International Feature - beating out 'An Cailín Ciúin', the first Irish-language film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

There were a number of Irish wins on Sunday in Los Angeles.

'An Irish Goodbye' took home the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film; while Irishman Richard Baneham won the award for Best Visual Effects for his work on 'Avatar: The Way of Water'.

In a touching moment, the audience broke into a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for 'An Irish Goodbye' star James Martin.

Blockbuster sequels 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' were also honoured, taking home an award apiece.

However the night belonged to a film about laundry, taxes and exploring other universes - 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'.

'A beacon of hope'

Yeoh's Best Actress win makes her the first Asian woman to win the award in 94 years of the Oscars.

Addressing all the women watching, the 60-year-old said: "Ladies, never let anyone tell you you are past your prime."

She fought off competition from two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, Ana De Armas, Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Williams to win the award.

Michelle Yeoh Michelle Yeoh. Picture by: Landon Nordeman

"For all the little boys and girls who look like me, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities," she said in her acceptance speech. "Dream big, dreams do come true".

She dedicated the award to her mother - who was pictured cheering her victory in Malaysia - and "all the mums in the world because they are really the superheroes and without them none of us would be here tonight".

Yeoh added: "This is history in the making".

'We just won an Oscar together'

Former child star Ke Huy Quan, who appeared in 'The Goonies' and 'Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom' in the 1980s, was reunited with his old pal Dr Jones when the 'Everything Everywhere' cast took to the stage to pick up the 'Best Picture' award from none other than Harrison Ford.

Earlier in the night, he received a standing ovation as he accepted the award for Best Supporting Actor, telling the audience: "My mom is 84-years-old and she is at home watching. Ma, I just won an Oscar!"

Quan told how his story "started on a boat" and that, after spending a year in a refugee camp, "somehow I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage".

He continued: "They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe this is happening to me - this is the American dream".

James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. Picture by: Landon Nordeman

For Curtis (64), the win was about all the people who have supported her along the way.

"I know it looks like I am standing up here on my own but I am not," she said, getting emotional on stage. "I am hundreds of people... the entire group of artists who made this movie - we just won an Oscar.

"To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people - we just won an Oscar together".

She also paid homage to her late parents - Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - who were both nominated in different categories.

Brendan Fraser's win completed a dramatic career comeback after years out of the spotlight.

'The Mummy' star was also emotional as he accepted his award, thanking 'The Whale' director Darren Aronofsky for "throwing me a creative lifeline."

The award for Best Documentary Feature Film went to 'Navalny', about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the events related to his 2020 poisoning.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, hosting for the third time, kicked off the night by entering the stage attached to a parachute, in a nod to Best Picture nominee 'Top Gun: Maverick'.

He also made reference to last year's slap by Will Smith pretty early on in his opening speech.

"If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor," he joked.

"No, but seriously the Academy have a crisis team in place, if anything unpredictable or violent happens during the ceremony, just do what you did last year - nothing. Maybe even give the assailant a hug," he added.

See the full list of winners here

Main image: Oscar statue being spraypainted before the Academy Awards in February 2020. Picture by: Elliott Cowand / Alamy Stock Photo

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