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Terry George: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were cheering... it was totally surreal

By Maureen Coleman

Father and daughter team Terry and Oorlagh George have told of the “surreal” moment their names were announced as Oscar winners at the Academy Awards.

The pair were nominated in the Short Film (Live Action category) along with four others, for their half hour project The Shore, filmed entirely on location last summer in Killough in Co Down.Terry, who has been nominated twice previously, said he went numb when their names were read out.

Speaking from Los Angeles on Monday, the delighted director said: “I was trying not to think about what was going to happen. Short films is unchartered territory for me but I knew we had a great cast and crew.

“When our names were read out I went numb and then thought: ‘Oh, I'd better get up and say something now'. But I was delighted. There were a lot of people I knew in the audience and to share that moment with my daughter Oorlagh was particularly special.

“When we came down off the stage we were greeted by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. There were a lot of hugs and kisses and then Michael Douglas came over, too. There was a wee bit of a celebrity celebration going on.”

Oorlagh, who has attended the Academy Awards twice before with her father, said she was so busy cheering for the other Irish movie — The Pentecost — that it didn't really register for a while.

“I was so nervous going up, worrying I'd fall over in my shoes, but once we were there on the stage it wasn't too intimidating,” she said.

“My father said some lovely words about me and it was pretty special being able to share that moment with him.

“When we came down off the stage, the first people we saw were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who were cheering and clapping and looked delighted for us.

“It was surreal. To be honest, we haven't stopped showing each other our awards since we got them. It's all been a bit mad.”

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