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Oscars 2012: Belfast's Terry George wins award for The Shore

Northern Ireland director Terry George is celebrating after his film The Shore won an Oscar.

The six stars of Bridesmaids handed out prizes for live action short film to Terry and Oorlagh George's Northern Ireland-set movie.

Mr George dedicated his win to "the people of Northern Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, who after 30 years of war sat down, negotiated a peace and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers. I want to dedicate this to them.

"This is about reconciliation in Northern Ireland, it is really close to my heart."

The film tells the captivating story of the bond between two best friends whose lives went separate ways during the height of the Troubles.

Belfast’s Ciaran Hinds took a break from his usual Hollywood blockbusters to star as Jim Mahon who returns after 20 years in exile in USA to show his American daughter his roots. The Shore was filmed on Coney Island near Ardglass.

Mr George was twice previously nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplays for In the Name of the Father and Hotel Rwanda.

The award for documentary (short subject) went to Saving Face - about a London-based plastic surgeon who treats Pakistani women maimed in acid attacks.

The Oscar for animated short film went to The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore.

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