Oscar voter Jim Sheridan finds it difficult not to favour the Irish

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Oscar voter Jim Sheridan finds it difficult not to favour the Irish
The My Left Foot director talks Fassbender, Philomena and going native with the vote

He’s no rookie himself when it comes to the prestige and honour of The Academy Awards, and in an interview with The Herald Jim Sheridan gave his input on what The Oscars is like from the inside perspective.

Nominated six times for his contribution to film, the Dublin-born writer/director is one of 6,000 judges at the ballot box for the awards show. Films such as In the Name of the Father, In America and My Left Foot have garnered him so much success in the arena.

While filmmaker said “I like the Irish, that's obviously where my heart goes, but you can't tell anyone what way you vote”, he also discreetly added “I hope the Irish involved do win, like Michael [Fassbender] and the movie Philomena – I love Judi Dench, she's a smashing talent – but they are tough categories”. He went on to add, after experiencing the highly sought wins from the Academy, “You don't enjoy the Oscars when you're nominated, you enjoy them when you're not”.

Sheridan hopes to raise enough money in the near future to make a film based on his upbringing in inner city Dublin, entitled Sheriff Street. His top choice for the female lead role is Saoirse Ronan.



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