Marion McKeone: Ireland’s high profile at Oscars provides perfect backdrop to showcase talent

With this year’s 14 nominations surpassing all previous records, LA is awash with Irish actors, writers and directors partying and networking in equal measure. Meanwhile, plans are being finalised for St Patrick’s Day events in Washington DC and New York

Eve Hewson, Jessie Buckley and Kerry Condon were all honoured at the Oscar Wilde Awards held at JJ Abrams’s Bad Robot studio last week. Picture: Getty

California’s tenth atmospheric river this year arrived just in time to take the metrological equivalent of a fire hose to Oscar weekend.

But the downpour did little to dampen the spirits of the record number of Irish film industry members, politicians and assorted dignitaries who have brought an atmospheric river of their own as they descend on Los Angeles and other cities for a week bookended by the Academy Awards and St Patrick’s Day.

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