December 3, 2023
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Kilkenny sparkles at Oscars, but Cartoon Saloon loses out to Disney favourite

KILKENNY sparkled at the Oscars last night, but there was disappointment for locally-based animated studio Cartoon Saloon which lost out on Best Animated Short to Disney.

Cartoon Saloon’s Late Afternoon, directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nurio Blanco, was the studio’s fourth Oscar nomination.

But in the end it was not to be as the Kilkenny-created animated short lost out to the favourite in the category, Disney Pixar’s Bao.

It was Cartoon Saloon’s fourth night at the Oscars, an incredible achievement for the company which now employs 200 people in the city.

They may not be coming home with a golden statuette, but the Cartoon Saloon team certainly looked the part on the famous red carpet last night.

Louise and Nuria wore dresses created by two of the country’s leading designers, Helen Cody and Alison Conneely.

And Kilkenny’s own Yvonne Ross Jewellery provided the Cartoon Saloon duo with an extra sparkle under the glare of the spotlight.

Yvonne posted this picture of herself with Cartoon Saloon co-founder Paul Young outside the Oscars venue, Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles.

She said on social media: “Whoop whoop … With the lovely @paulliewaggles at the Oscars 2019… Yeah Cartoon Saloon.”

Meanwhile, there were two big shocks at the Oscars last night as Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her role in Irish co-production The Favourite, and Green Book saw off the challenge of the much-fancied Roma to take Best Picture.

Colman’s Best Actress win for The Favourite was sole award for the dark comedy, which had tied with Roma for the most nominations – 10.

Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was the biggest winner with four awards, including Best Actor for star Rami Malek.

Colman’s Best Actress win was a shock because most expected Glenn Close – a seven-time Oscar nominee – to finally take home the award for her performance in The Wife.


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