Cancer victim gets screenplay Oscar nomination

A year-and-a-half after she died of cancer aged 49, the daughter of a Cork father and a Limerick mother has been nominated at this year’s Oscars for her adapted screenplay, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

The Irish film Albert Nobbs was also nominated in three different categories.

London-born Bridget O’Connor, whose father Jim is from Newmarket in Co Cork and mother Bridget from Shanagolden in Co Limerick, was nominated for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy along with her husband, Peter Straughan.

Last night, Mr Straughan said: “I’m stunned and thrilled to hear about the nomination. I wish more than anything in the world that my wife — who did the lion’s share of the adaptation — could be here to enjoy this moment.

“She would be so happy and so proud. I’m going to go and meet my daughter now and tell her how clever her mother was.”

Bridget and Peter spent a ‘rainy’ year living on the South Douglas Road in Cork City in 2001 and it was during this time that O’Connor wrote acclaimed stage play The Flags.

Last night her father, Jim said he “was so proud”.

“She was a very talented girl. She wrote books, stage plays, screenplays and plays for the BBC. She also used to do a column for the Irish Post. We’re delighted to see her being recognised like this”.

Albert Nobbs, produced by Alan Moloney’s Parallel Films, was nominated in the best actress slot (Glenn Close), best supporting actress (Janet McTeer) and for its make up (Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W Mungle). The film was shot in Ireland last year.

The film tells the story of a woman hiding a secret in order to work in 19th century Ireland.

Irish shorts Pentecost and The Shore were nominated in the live action short category. Pentecost, written and directed by Peter McDonald, tells the story of a football-mad altar boy who is forced to serve at an important mass. The Shore, directed by Terry George, tells the story of two boyhood best friends, Joe and Paddy and is set in Belfast.

Belfast born Kenneth Branagh is also nominated for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn while Peter Mc Donald and Eimear O’Kane are nominated for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Pentecost.

There are nine nominees in the Best Film category and they are: War Horse, The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help, Hugo and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

The 84th Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre on Feb 26.

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