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Don’t know about you – but here at the Sandymount Hotel, we can’t wait for March 2 and the screening of the Oscar celebrations. As you may have guessed, we’re huge movie fans here at the hotel and we love all that glitz and glamour. What’s particularly exciting this year is the number of Irish nominations too. The wonderful actor Michael Fassbender – who was brought up in Kerry - for instance had his first ever Oscar nomination this year for best supporting actor in 12 Years a Slave. image via www.thewrap.com The ever prominent Irish superband U2 meanwhile impressed the US panel with their Song for Ordinary Love in the film Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom. Their category is Best Original Song and they already stand a higher than average chance of winning since the same song picked up the gong at the Golden Globes for the very same category. Image via www.popwrapped.com/ Last year’s popular movie Philomena which was filmed in Ireland and starred the irrepressible Dame Judy and Steve Coogan as the mother who had to give away a child at birth and an investigative reporter respectively, has a whole host of nominations to boast of including Best Actress for Judy, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Image via www.waytooindie.com So, there’s definitely something to watch the celebrations for even if you’re not a movie fan: cheer on Ireland’s representation. Best Irish moments at the Oscars over the years Brenda Fricker picking up the golden statue for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Christy Brown in My Left Foot was a bit of a seminal moment for Ireland since it was the first time an Irish actress had ever clinched the title. And well deserved it was too. Not only that but Daniel Day Lewis (whose dad was Irish) also got to take home a Best Actor trophy for his part of Christy Brown. Despite being nominated an astounding eight times the legendary Irish actor Peter O’Toole never actually won an Oscar but he did receive an Honorary Academy Award in 2003. And finally, Ireland’s first ever Oscar winner was Barry Fitzgerald who picked up Best Actor for his stunning portrayal as Father Fitzgerald in Going My Way, back in 1944. The Oscars and charitable spin-offs Whatever your take on the glittering Oscar celebrations and all the cash it must take to host them, the Oscars have resulted in a whole host of charity events being staged in the week leading up to the star-studded event. One of the biggest is called Fame and Philanthropy and will be addressed by director James Cameron and attended by actress CharlizeTheron. The actual Oscar gala, which will be held in LA’s Beverly Hills, is expected to raise more than $1 million dollars for a host of charities – not surprising when you realise a VIP table package comes in at a cool $100,000 dollars and an after party ticket will set attendees back a whopping $1,750 (wonder what the goodie bags are like?!). Here at the Sandymount Hotel we may be organising a dinner or two for friends but we certainly won’t be charging anything for the privilege. Here’s to Ireland’s chances next month anyhow!