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Seamus McGarvey almost trips up over Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence

By Adrian Rutherford

He may not have won an Oscar, but Northern Ireland nominee Seamus McGarvey did make an impression on Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence.

The Armagh-born film-maker said he had "an encounter" with the starlet's dress earlier in the evening.

"I stepped on her dress while walking in, I nearly tore her dress off her," he said. "She was really cool about it, she just turned around and said, 'I'm a wide load, don't worry'. I was mortified."

McGarvey was shortlisted in the Cinematography category for his work on Anna Karenina.

Set in late-19th-century Russia's high-society, the film focuses on the aristocrat Anna Karenina, who enters into a life-changing affair with affluent Count Vronsky.

While he missed out to Life Of Pi's cinematographer Claudio Miranda, he said that he still got the chance to celebrate.

McGarvey was previously nominated for his work on Atonement in 2008.

There was also disappointment for another Irish nominee, Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly.

A short film produced by the 26-year-old Co Kerry native, Head Over Heels, had been nominated in the animated short film category.

She lost out to Paperman by John Kahrs.

Oscar fever also reached Killarney in Co Kerry, which has a long-standing twinning arrangement with Springfield, Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln lived in the mid-West town from 1837 until he was inaugurated as United States President in 1861.

Hopes are now high that Daniel Day-Lewis's success could turn the spotlight on Ireland and, more specifically, on Springfield's sister town.

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