The Shore’s writer/director Terry George and producer Oorlagh George (Picture: Getty Images)

Terry George’s The Shore won the Oscar® for Best Live Action Short Film last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards®.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said, ‘This is a fantastic achievement by our local film industry. It is wonderful that local talent and hard work is being recognised on the global stage. The reputation of the Creative Industries in Ireland continues to grow and there is certainly much to be celebrated as we approach Creativity Month in March. This month will be an opportunity to highlight events and organisations that contribute to this growing vibrant section of our economy.’

The Shore is the inspiring story of two boyhood best friends – Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) – divided by 25 years of misunderstanding. Their world and their friendship is shattered by the conflict escalating in Northern Ireland, the two boys’ lives take very different paths until, 25 years later, Joe returns for the first time to his homeland with his 24-year-old daughter, Patricia. In his absence Paddy, his best friend, has married Joe’s former fiancée Mary. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is in equal parts hilarious and moving.



Oscar® Winners

Best cinematography

Robert Richardson, Hugo

Best art direction

Best costume design

The Artist

Best make up

The Iron Lady

Best foreign language film

A Separation

Best actress in a supporting role

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best film editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best sound editing


Best sound mixing


Best documentary feature


Best animated film


Best visual effects


Best actor in a supporting role

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best original score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Best song

Man or Muppet, The Muppets

Best adapted screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best original screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best live action short

The Shore
Best documentary short

Saving Face
Best animated short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Best director

Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist

Best actor in a leading role

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best actress in a leading role

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best picture

The Artist


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