Paul Mescal’s proud mother, who is awaiting more chemotherapy, is hoping to accompany him to the Oscars

Paul Mescal’s proud mother Dearbhla Mescal, who is awaiting further chemotherapy, says she hopes to attend the Oscars with her son following his nomination for his first prize in March.

The actor, 26, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his name in 2020’s lockdown hit Normal People, was nominated for a Best Actor award at the Oscars and received the nod for his role in Aftersun.

His sister Nell shared a screenshot of family group calls summarizing how amazed and obviously thrilled they were by Paul’s nomination.

Mescal described his shot as “bananas,” a sentiment echoed by his mum Dearbhla when she spoke this morning.

“You just don’t know when it’s going to happen and when it does, it’s huge. It’s absolutely huge,” she told RTÉ Tomorrow Ireland.

“I’m not really good at league football. I’m not good at watching rugby. My eyes are usually down and my ears are closed. So no, I don’t watch them. It’s just too stressful because you’re up against such incredible talent and being selected, and there’s only five [Best Actor nominees]. Like it’s crazy, crazy, crazy that you’re one of those five.

“Then to see who you’re with. Oh my god what a night in March with all these Irish people. All of that talent and madness is incredible.”

Ms Mescal said she is currently awaiting further chemotherapy treatment for a type of bone marrow cancer but hopes to attend the Oscars on March 12 as her son’s plus one.

“I would love to be on this side of the world. I would love to be near him… I have multiple myeloma so I’m just waiting for the next stage. So it all depends, but life is good. Life is pretty magical right now and you can take the hits when things are good around you,” she added.

Separately, the stars of Irish-language film A Cailín Ciúin have said they are enjoying the ride of their lives after the film was nominated for an Oscar.

It was confirmed yesterday that the film will be based on the novel by Claire Keegan Support financially, was shortlisted in the category Best International Feature Film.

The drama’s stars and producers gathered at noon yesterday to watch the Oscar nominations at Dublin’s Stella Cinema.

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A Cailín Ciúin Catherine Clinch (Cáit), Carrie Crowley (Eibhlín) and Andrew Bennett (Seán) star. It tells the story of a young girl (Cáit) who spends the summer with loving relatives in rural Ireland.

Catherine Clinch has received critical acclaim for her performance and said she’s living every 13-year-old dream.

“I can not believe it. It’s crazy like I didn’t even register it in my head but yeah it’s just amazing. I’m so happy. I’m so proud of everyone in the film and I’m so lucky to experience it because obviously it’s not the life of your average 13-year-old, but everyone was so nice,” she said.

Giving her reaction to the nomination, Carrie Crowley said the cast and crew couldn’t contain their joy.

“I couldn’t believe how emotional I was getting. I had been feeling kind of relaxed, I was like if we get it, we get it. If we don’t get it, it’s okay. We’ve had an amazing trip so far. It was just the ride of our whole life. It was amazing, but when it was announced, we all started screaming,” she said.

The film is among 14 Irish Talent nominations including Best Actor for Colin Farrell (The Banshees by Inisherin) and Paul Mescal. Paul Mescal’s proud mother, who is awaiting more chemotherapy, is hoping to accompany him to the Oscars

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