Irish Night at the Oscars—Academy Awards Watch Party
March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Irish achievement in film at the Oscars at the 96th Academy Awards Show Watch Party, co-hosted by the UICC and the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco.
- Doors at 3 pm
- Red Carpet Pre-Show at 3:30 pm
- Live Show at 4 pm
- Emerald Pub
- Space is limited
- Dress up or with a nod to your favorite Irish film or actor—or in any way that makes you feel beautiful!
- Available for purchase: Hungry Leprechaun Food Truck | Signature Libations
Highlights of the Irish Oscar Watch: Ireland’s Element Pictures’ film Poor Things garnered 11 nominations—the most ever for an Irish production. Oppenheimer leads the field with 13 nominations, including best director for Christopher Nolan, who was previously nominated in this category for Dunkirk. He scored his first of what is now a total of eight Oscar nominations back in 2000. Cork-native Cillian Murphy has been nominated in the category of Best Actor for his lead role as the father of the atomic bomb in Oppenheimer.
The 11 nominations for Poor Things include best picture (with Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Emma Stone the named producer nominees); best director for Lanthimos; best actress for Emma Stone; best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo; best cinematography for Irishman Robbie Ryan; and best adapted screenplay for the terribly funny Tony McNamara.
Other Irish actors nominated for 2024 include: Barry Keoghan (Best Actor in Saltburn), Carey Mulligan (Lead Actress in Maestro)
More About the 2024 Show:
Emmy Award-winning late-night talk show host and producer Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the live show for the fourth time. Raj Kapoor will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Molly McNearney and Katy Mullan serving as executive producers. The 96th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the nearly 10,000-person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.
A Bit of Irish at the Oscars History
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion first premiered in 1913 and he later adapted it for the screen in 1938. That same year, he won the Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. Shaw’s contempt for Hollywood meant that he was outraged by the nomination. According to Robert Osborne, author of Academy Awards Illustrated, the 82-year-old reacted by saying: “It’s an insult! It’s perfect nonsense. My position as a playwright is known throughout the world. To offer me an award of this sort is an insult, as if they had never heard of me before… and it’s very likely they never had.” Shaw was the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and, initially, he declined to accept. He was the only person to have won both accolades until Bob Dylan joined his exclusive club in 2016.
The Irish playwright was born in Portobello, County Dublin, in 1856 but left for London to begin his career as a writer 20 years later.
Dublin-born Maureen O’Hara never won an Oscar in a competitive category during her career. In fact, she wasn’t even nominated for one. However, in 2014, her work on the big screen was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award. Her career spanned more than half a century and included more than 50 films. Highlights include her roles in Miracle on 34th Street, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Quiet Man, The Parent Trap and How Green Was My Valley.
O’Hara was born in Ranelagh and moved to Hollywood to start her career aged just 19. She received her honorary Oscar at the age of 94 – just a year before her death in 2015.
Kildare native, Michèle Burke, moved to Canada in 1973 where she became a make-up artist and pursued a career in film. She jointly won the Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1981 for her work on Quest for Fire and then again in 1992 for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Bing Crosby was nominated in the Best Actor category several times throughout his career, before finally winning a statuette in 1945 for his lead role in the musical comedy Going My Way.
The singer-cum-actor’s maternal great-grandparents hailed from Schull, county Cork, where a wall of their old homestead still stands. His ancestors emigrated to Canada in 1831 before heading to the U.S. Crosby was hugely proud of his Irish roots and even visited Ireland from time to time.
Mary Pickford, whose father was English and mother was Irish, was born in Toronto back in 1892. She rose to fame during the silent movie era. When recalling the early days of Hollywood later in life, she is quoted as saying: “We big Irish all knew each other and we all stuck together”. Pickford was one of the Academy’s original 36 founding members. Then, in 1930, she won the second Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the silent drama Coquette. In 1976, she was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 83.
Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis was born in London, but has held dual citizenship of Ireland and Britain since 1993 thanks to his Irish father who was from Ballintubbert, county Laois. Between 1990 and 2018, he received six nominations in the Best Actor category and has won three times for his leading roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. The actor has now retired and lives a quiet life in county Wicklow.
Reese Witherspoon, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, only discovered that she had Irish roots relatively recently. In 2018, she received the results of a DNA test which revealed that she was 63% Irish and traced her roots back to Ireland.
Cedric Gibbons was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Back in 1928, he even designed the Oscar statuette that we still know today. The set designer and art director was born to an Irish father and an American mother and made huge contributions to film from the 1930s through to the 1950s. He built up almost 1,500 credits during this time. Gibbons was also nominated for a plethora of Academy Awards. Altogether, he received 39 nominations for Best Production Design and won 11 times – both of which are records that he still holds today. Among his winning sets were Pride and Prejudice, Gaslight, Little Women, An American in Paris and Julius Caesar.
In 1955, Grace Kelly won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Country Girl. At the time, her win came as a surprise because Judy Garland was the favorite to win for her role in A Star Is Born. The year after her Oscar win, Kelly retired from acting to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco and become a princess. Kelly greatly valued her Irish roots, which go back to Drimurla in county Mayo. Her grandfather left the cottage that was his birthplace in 1887 to emigrate to Philadelphia.
The playwright turned filmmaker was born in London to Irish parents and holds dual Irish and British citizenship. At the 2023 Academy Awards, his film The Banshees of Inisherin was up for a record-breaking nine nominations – the most ever received by an Irish production at the time. McDonagh himself has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. However, many people aren’t aware that he already won an Oscar back in 2006. He received the award for Best Short Film (Live Action) for his 27-minute-long drama Six Shooter.