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Oscars 2015: Talented trio's 'chick flick' Boogaloo and Graham in battle to bring statuette back home

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A scene from Boogaloo and Graham

A scene from Boogaloo and Graham

Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch

Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch

Martin McCann

Martin McCann

A scene from Boogaloo and Graham

The countdown to the Oscars is under way - with Northern Ireland's Boogaloo and Graham team high in the pecking order for Tinseltown glory.

Those behind the heartwarming 'chick flick' said if they added an Oscar statuette to their already bulging awards cabinet this weekend it would be dedicated to the people of Northern Ireland.

Fresh from winning a Bafta for their short film set in 1970s Belfast, producer Brian Falconer, writer Ronan Blaney and director Michael Lennox are rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's great and good ahead of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony tomorrow.

The talented trio from Northern Ireland are nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category.

Falconer said the build-up to Oscar Sunday has been "amazing, with the three of us feeling like we are representing our whole country as ambassadors".

"The good luck messages from back home have been a constant reminder that this is so important, not just for our team but for the people who love to see their fellow Northern Irish succeed at something," he said.

"We feel very privileged to be in this position and do not take it for granted. If we win it would be the icing on the cake, if we do not then at the very least once again our small country is in the spotlight for all the right reasons."

Boogaloo and Graham has captured the hearts of critics and those lucky enough to have seen the 20-minute movie.

It follows Belfast boys Jamesy and Malachy - played by Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch - who are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad, played by Martin McCann, presents them with two baby chicks to care for. But the boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Cinema fans across the UK and Ireland are rooting for the short film this weekend.

A spokeswoman for NI Screen said: "Northern Ireland Screen would like to wish the best of luck to Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney, Brian Falconer and all the wonderful cast and crew who made Boogaloo and Graham ahead of this weekend's Academy Awards.

He added: "Having already secured a Bafta, to do the double and bring an Oscar home would be amazing."

Stormont culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin wished the Boogaloo and Graham team well. The Sinn Fein MLA also highlighted the contribution Co Tyrone cinematographer Shane Kelly made to Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood, which has been shortlisted in the Best Film category.

"He is another example of the high-quality local talent making a growing impact on the creative industries," she added.

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"It was amazing to get the opportunity to work on the movie and meet all the cast and crew. Martin McCann was a laugh and I got on well with him. I'm really happy that the film was nominated for an Oscar and it won a Bafta, let's not forget that. On Tuesday I was at an Oscar reception where it showed all the movies in front of hundreds of important people. They all loved the film. Well, the ones that came up to me loved it and said that they believe it will win. Anyways, if it doesn't I've been to America. I wish everyone the very best."

Actor Riley Hamilton (9), who plays Jamesy

Belfast Telegraph