In the wake of the 2013 Academy Awards I searched the internet but could not find a definitive list of Irish winners in Oscar History. I opened the Academy Awards site and searched though the history of the awards, Googling every Irish, English, and Scottish sounding winner’s name.
If, by chance, I have missed anyone please leave a comment below!
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Included are people born in Ireland, Northern Ireland and those who hold dual citizenship with Ireland and another country.
won 11 Best Art/Set Direction Oscars between 1930 and 1956
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1930)
The Merry Widow (1934)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
The Yearling (1946)
Little Women (1949)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Somebody Up There Likes me (1956)
Born in Dublin, Gibbons moved to study in New York and is credited with the design of the Oscar statuette.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Best (Adapted) Screenplay Pygmalion (1939)
Born in Dublin, Shaw is the only person to receive a Nobel Prize and an Oscar (Pygmalion (1938)).
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Going My Way (1944)
Born in Dublin, Fitzgerald was the only actor ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day.
has won two Oscars.
(shared) – Best Makeup Quest for Fire (1981)
(shared) – Best Makeup Dracula (1992)
Born in Kildare, Michèle holds a US, EU and Canadian Passport she is also fluent in English, French, Spanish and some Irish.
(shared) – Best Art Direction Out of Africa (1986)
Born in Ireland, McAvin presented the IFI Irish Film Archive with her Academy Award and Emmy statuettes, along with a collection of books, photographs and sketches that she had collected throughout her distinguished career.
the only actor to have won three awards for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
Best Actor My Left Foot (1989)
Best Actor There Will Be Blood (2007)
Best Actor Lincoln (2013)
Though he was born in the UK Day-Lewis is also an Irish Citizen and lives here in Co. Wicklow.
Here are a few roles which he turned down:
Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), a role in Terminator Salvation (2009), Jor-El in Superman: Man of Steel (2013), lead role in Mary Reilly (1996), a role in Cutthroat Island (1995), the lead role in The English Patient (1996), Simon Templar in The Saint (1997).
The late and great Sir John Gielgud had this to say about Day-Lewis,
“He had what every actor in Hollywood wants: talent. And what every actor in England wants: looks”.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Actress My Left Foot (1989)
Born in Dublin Fricker was once heard to say
“When you are lying drunk at the airport you’re Irish. When you win an Oscar you’re British.”
Best Original Screenplay The Crying Game (1993)
Born in Sligo, Jordan is quoted as saying,
“I’m fascinated by monsters, monstrous people and fascinated with illogic and irrationality.”
Honorary Academy Award in 2003
Born in Connemara, on accepting the award O’Toole, at 78, vowed to
“…win the lovely bugger outright”.
Best Documentary Short – A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2006)
Though born in New York, Marrinan holds dual Irish & U.S. citizenship, and as part of her acceptance speech she said,
“I’d like to thank the Academy for seating me next to George Clooney at the nominee’s luncheon.”
Best Short Film (Live Action) Six Shooter (2006)
Born in the U.K., McDonagh holds both Irish and U.K. passports. Since moving into film, McDonagh has frequently used actors that have also appeared in the original theatre runs of his plays.
(Shared) Best Song Once (2008)
Born in Dublin, Hansard was the first Irishman to win an Oscar for Best Song. He was offered a shot at the part of Rorschach in Watchmen (2009) but had to bow out due to the fanfare surrounding his Oscar nomination (and ultimate win) for song “Falling Slowly” from Once (2006).
(as part of a team) – Best Visual Effects – Avatar (2010)
Born in Ireland Baneham worked as an animator or animation supervisor for the following films, The Iron Giant, Cats & Dogs, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and oversaw the animation of the character of Gollum) on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
TERRY GEORGE & OORLATH GEORGE
Father and Daughter
Best Short Film (Live Action) The Shore (2012)
Born in Belfast, Terry George is quoted as saying,
“Film today is more and more concentrated on the amusement park element. If a writer can attach an actor or a producer who has some clout, then you can arm yourself. Otherwise, a script simply becomes a road map to attract money and talent.”
Honourary Achievement Award 2015
Born in Ranelagh, Dublin as Maureen FitzSimons she mentioned three men in her acceptance speech who shaped her career, Charles Laughton, John Wayne and John Ford. O’Hara is quotes as saying
“I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that.”
Best Short Film (Live Action) – Stutterer (2016)
Benjamin Cleary is an Irish writer, director and producer from Dublin.
During his acceptance speech Cleary said:
“Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today even more so… Sláinte!”
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