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Academy Award®-Winners Benjamin Cleary and Brie Larson

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Congratulations to Academy Award®-Winners Benjamin Cleary and Brie Larson

Congratulations to Irish short filmmaker Benjamin Cleary on winning the Academy Award for Best Short Film for Stutterer and Actress Brie Larson who picked up the Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role for her stunning performance in the Irish Film ROOM, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, produced by Element Pictures and supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

An unprecedented nine Irish nominations- seven of which are Irish Film Board supported – featured in the event, which was watched by an estimated 950 million worldwide and will be televised on Irish TV tonight.

The nine Irish Oscar nominees associated with Ireland and Irish film are all world-class players who have been recognised for their talent at the most prestigious of film awards. Behind each nomination is a team of talent who should be justifiably proud, irrespective of the final outcome at the Awards.

The role of the Irish Film Board is to support the development and production of Irish film, television drama, documentary and animation. Given the sustained long-term investment that has contributed to the success of Irish creative talent in this year’s Academy Awards, the Irish Film Board is calling on the Government to fully restore its funding. It is currently 40% less than in 2008.

Benjamin Cleary also wrote the IFB funded animated short film “The Great Fall” currently in post-production and expected to premiere later this year.

Irish nominees in the 88th Academy Awards® were follows:
Best Picture: Room, Brooklyn
Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
Best Screenwriter: Emma Donoghue (Room) Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Brie Larson (Room)
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Best Short Film (Live Action): Stutterer, Ben Cleary

About ‘ROOM’
Room was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney produced the film with David Gross. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss and Jesse Shapira for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Room is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. A24 distribute Room in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale of Room and FilmNation Entertainment handled international sales. Room will be on release in Irish cinemas in January 2016.