“An Irish Goodbye” Wins Big At The Academy Awards!

The Academy Awards have just passed us by, but with the biggest award ceremony of the year comes a whole lot of celebration. This is especially true for one of HollyShorts’ own, as one of the 2022 HollyShorts Alumni was rewarded on the big stage with a statue all for them!

The incredible An Irish Goodbye won its category, taking home the Oscar for “Best Live Action Short” at the 95th annual Academy Awards over the weekend, and for good reason as the beautiful and hilarious film stole the hearts of many during the long screening season.

At the ceremony, those watching and those in person were treated to the presence of filmmakers Tom Berkeley and Ross White, along with stars James Martin and Seamus O’Hara.

It was a beautiful acceptance speech, which was highlighted by Berkeley using a portion of their time to sing “Happy Birthday” to James Martin, in a moment that delighted many. Thankfully, Deadline has a video of the impromptu performance.

James Martin, Tom Berkeley, Seamus O’Hara, winners of the Best Live Action Short Film award for “An Irish Goodbye” and HollyShorts Co-Founder Theo Dumont attend the Governors Ball during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

An Irish Goodbye is a production from Goldfinch Entertainment, First Flight and Floodlight Films made with support from Northern Ireland Screen.  FF3, First Flights’ short film fund from studio and financier Goldfinch, has partnered up with HollyShorts and 88th Street Productions for the 2023 Short Film round and festival in August 2023.

A big congratulations to the whole team of An Irish Goodbye, and here’s to seeing what these talents have coming next!

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