THERE WAS SOME confusion yesterday regarding the nominees for best actress at this year’s Oscars award ceremony, with its official website omitting Irish actress Ruth Negga and including Amy Adams instead.
Despite being included in the list of nominees at the official announcement, the official Oscars website listed Amy Adams for the film Arrival, instead of Negga for her role in Loving.
That wasn’t the only major error included on the website, with Tom Hanks also listed in the best actor category even though he hadn’t actually been nominated.
ABC Digital held its hands up for making the error, and issued a statement of apology, after rectifying the mistake.
They said: “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the Oscar.com website.
“The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologise to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion.”
Despite this hiccup, the family of Ruth Negga in Limerick were in celebratory mood following her nomination yesterday.
Her uncle Ger Malone said: “We’re all delighted for her. There is pride in all the family here in Dooradoyle, and we’ll probably have a glass of something to celebrate.
We’re all absolutely so proud of her. WhatsApp is whopping away now in the family group, from as far away as Australia; she’s a cousin in Australia, she’s cousins in Canada, and she’s obviously cousins here at home.
Along with Negga’s nomination, there’ll be plenty of Irish interest at this year’s Oscars.
Irish-made film The Lobster, filmed in areas such as west Dublin and Kerry, has got a nod for best screenplay.
Ed Guiney from Element Pictures, which produced the film, spoke of his delight at the news.
Guiney told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One: “One of the things that stands out about the movie is the script. To get an Oscar nomination one year is outstanding, to get it two times in a row is mind-boggling.”
Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle, who has been nominated before for The Queen, is up for another award this year for her work on 1940s film Florence Foster Jenkins.