We have much to be proud of when it comes to Ireland at the Oscars.

A number of Irish films, actors and filmmakers have been honoured at the Oscars across various categories. Here are the many victories we've had over the years...


Irish Actors

Daniel Day-Lewis has managed to win the Best Lead Actor Oscar three times - an honour only he holds. His wins were for 'My Left Foot', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'Lincoln'.

Irish actress Brenda Fricker won an Oscar for Supporting Actress, which was also for 'My Left Foot'.

My Left FootDaniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in 'My Left Foot'

A couple of Irish actors have also also been the recipient of Honorary Oscars over the years. Seven time Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole was presented with one in 2003 while Maureen O'Hara was awarded it in 2015. The classical Hollywood actress passed away less than a year after receiving the award.

Another notable acting win from over the years has been for Dubliner Barry Fitzgerald. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in 1944′s 'Going My Way'.

Flying the flag for Ireland at this year's Oscars is Saoirse Ronan. She has been nominated for her lead performance as Jo March in 'Little Women', having previously been nominated for 'Atonement', 'Brooklyn' and 'Lady Bird'. She is the second-youngest performer, male or female, to ever receive four Oscar nominations, after Jennifer Lawrence.


Irish Shorts and Animation

Irish animated shorts that have received nominations in the past include Brown Bag's  'Give Up Yer Aul Sins' and 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty'.

Cartoon Saloon animated features 'Secret of Kells', 'Song of The Sea', and 'The Breadwinner' have all been nominated also.

The studio's short 'Late Afternoon' got an Oscars nod in 2017. The year also saw 'Detainment' earn a nomination in the live-action short category.

late-afternoon-oscars'Late Afternoon'

Irish short films have had quite a few victories at the Academy Awards in the past. Only two years ago, the Irish-produced 'Stutterer' won Best Live Action Short. In 2011, Terry and Oorlagh George took an award in the same category for 'The Shore'.

In 2006, shorts brought two Oscars home to Ireland. Corinne Marrinan won Best Documentary Short Subject for 'A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin' alongside Eric Simonson. Martin McDonagh, meanwhile, won Best Live Action Short Film for 'Six Shooter'. McDonagh went on to be Oscar-nominated for his screenplays for 'In Bruges' and last year's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.'


Irish wins for Make-up, Production Design and Visual Effects

Ireland has proven itself to be full of creative talent as well, given all the wins we've had in the Academy Awards' technical categories. Most victorious of all through the years was Dublin-born Cedric Gibbons, an art director with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won 11 Oscars over his illustrious career. Gibbons was also responsible for designing the iconic Oscar statuette.

Another winner of multiple Oscars is Kildare native Michèle Burke as she has won two Oscars in the best makeup category. Her first came in 1982 for her work on 'Quest for Fire'. Her second was in 1993 for 'Bram Stoker's Dracula.'

Bram Stoker's DraculaGary Oldman in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'

In more recent years, Dubliner Richard Baneham was part of the team to win Best Visual Effects Oscars for 'Avatar' in 2010.

Another notable winner is Josie MacAvin, who won Best Production Design for 'Out of Africa' in 1985. MacAvin is Ireland’s only ever winner of both an Oscar and an Emmy. She donated her Oscar to the Irish Film Archive and it is now on permanent display at the IFI in Temple Bar.


Irish Music

In 2008, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Best Original Song Oscar for their hit track 'Falling Slowly'. It was composed for the movie 'Once'.

OnceGlen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in 'Once'


Irish Screenplays

Neil Jordan, one of Ireland's most prolific directors and writers, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1993 for the film 'The Crying Game'.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw earned the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1938. He adapted his own play 'Pygmalian' for the big screen. The win makes him the only person in history to have received both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize.


Watch A History of Great Irish Wins at the Oscars below: