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Sky Claim Kerry Native Jessie Buckley As 'British' Oscar Nomination

Sky Claim Kerry Native Jessie Buckley As 'British' Oscar Nomination
By Jonathan Byrne

Here we go again.

It's a stellar year for Irish film with multiple Oscar nominations across the board. Kenneth Brannagh's Belfast is up for seven awards at this year's ceremony.

One of the other standouts from the nominees' list, at least from an Irish perspective, is Kerry actress Jessie Buckley. She's up for Best Supporting Actress.

Buckley starred in Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter last year. The dark drama was Gyllenhaal's directorial debut and came out here in October on Netflix.

There are plenty of Irish derivatives in the film too. Jessie Buckley's character, Leda, gets her name from a W.B. Yeats poem, and Paul Mescal features too.

So how could one ignore all Irish sentiments and try to claim it as British? Sky News of course. One of their anchors was a bit off the mark with one of her questions.

"Two British actresses in the Best Supporting Actress category - of course Judy Dench and also Jessie Buckley." The groans of a nation were herd afterwards.

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Jessie Buckley hails from Killarney in Co. Kerry. She was part of the Killarney musical society growing up and attended the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles.

The Irish actress (emphasis on the Irish) is also known for television roles outside of her film work. She featured in miniseries Chernobyl and crime drama Fargo.

History seems to repeat itself far too much with the British labeling for Irish actors and works. Last year, a UK Minister called Derry Girls 'distinctively British'.

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Buckley reacted to the news of her first nomination. "I am in complete shock," she said. " To be recognised for anything connected to (The Lost Daughter) is just a wild dream come true."

The 94th Academy Awards take place on March 27th. Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog leads the pack with twelve nominations, followed by Sci-fi picture Dune with ten.

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