By Sean Moriarty
Her talents know no bounds – so it came as no surprise this week that Killarney actress Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.
Jessie from Muckross made the Academy Awards shortlist for ‘Best Original Song’ for her performance of ‘Glasgow (No Place Like Home)’ in the hit film ‘Wild Rose’.
Buckley played Rose-Lynn Harlan, a Scottish single mother who attempts to make it as a country singer in Nashville.
It is one of 15 songs to make the shortlist and on January 13 this list will be further shortened to a list of four Oscar nominations ahead of the world-famous awards ceremony that will take place in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 20 next year.
“She has made the semi-final anyway,” her father Tim told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a big deal, from a dream as a kid to be suddenly in the running for this, it opens the dreamscapes for other kids.”
An Academy member’s (music branch) vote will determine the last four, but if the song makes the cut, Buckley could perform at the awards presentation that is watched by millions of movie fans worldwide.
However, Tim warned that even if the song is successful, the writer Mary Steenburgen is the person who will go home with the coveted bronze gong.
Big budget studios like Disney tend to dominate the awards but independent movies have been known to upset the status quo over the years.
“Hollywood is a business, and the big studios tend to muscle in and doff their hats to the smaller outfits,” added Tim. “But the song has soul and people can connect with it.”
Jessie herself is looking forward to a very busy New Year, filming for Netflix hit ‘Fargo Season Four’ will finish in January. She is also working on ‘Dr Doolittle’ with Robert Downey Jr, and ‘Misbehaviour’, a comedy drama alongside Keira Knightly about the Miss World Pageant.