GOING THE OSCARS IS LIKE GETTING MARRIED! Louise Bagnall Will Attend the Biggest Awards Ceremony in the World Tomorrow Night but How Do You Prepare for Such an Event? Why, You Hang out with Chris O'Dowd, of Course!scene from Cartoon Saloon's Late Afternoon, Which Has Been Nominated for an Oscar

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GOING THE OSCARS IS LIKE GETTING MARRIED! Louise Bagnall Will Attend the Biggest Awards Ceremony in the World Tomorrow Night but How Do You Prepare for Such an Event? Why, You Hang out with Chris O'Dowd, of Course!scene from Cartoon Saloon's Late Afternoon, Which Has Been Nominated for an Oscar


Byline: INTERVIEW PATRICE HARRINGTON

It will come as no surprise to learn that if your plus one at a swanky Oscars luncheon in LA is Roscommon funny man Chris O'Dowd, you're in for some shenanigans. Especially when Louise Bagnall, 33, writer and director of Cartoon Saloon's Late Afternoon - nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category in tomorrow's star-studded event - describes herself as 'shy' and 'an introvert'.

'Chris has done work with the studio before,' the Dubliner explains when we meet in their Kilkenny HQ - O'Dowd narrates Cartoon Saloon's RTEjr series Puffin Rock. 'He's great fun. He and his wife Dawn Porter live in LA. He's also quite fearless about approaching very famous people even if he hasn't met them.

'He's a great guy for that. He said, "Oh, there's Glenn Close, sure we'll say hello to her!"' she grins, of the Best Actress nominee for The Wife. 'I said, "But do you know her?" He said, "No, I've never met her before but this is a great time". So we went over and she was great. I think for myself I'd be a bit good to have somebody there who was pushing a little bit and it was a great time to meet people.' O'Dowd didn't stop at Glenn Close who was 'very lovely and quite funny' and who holds the record for having the most Oscar nominations for an actress, seven, without having won one - yet. He also introduced Louise to The Favourite star Rachel Weisz 'who was really amazing - beautiful but also very nice'. And Melissa McCarthy, star of Can You Ever Forgive Me? who was 'lovely. In the animation field we also met quite a few of the people we are fans of. The Spider-Verse directors, for example.' The Oscars luncheon in the Beverly Hilton is a relaxed and convivial affair because 'there are no winners and losers yet' and there's a handy shortcut to making chit-chat with the mega-famous. 'You can say to them, "Well, congratulations for getting nominated" and they say, "Well, congratulations for getting nominated as well!" So you feel like, "I'm not just here as a fan". That was lovely as well. Spike Lee was there and Willem Dafoe, Viggo Mortensen.

It feels very surreal. You don't get into animation to meet amazingly famous actors and actresses,' Louise laughs. 'But it's lovely to be doing all that stuff. It's like a strange bonus.' Another bonus was not having to fork out on an expensive guna for the 'very glamorous' event. 'The jumpsuit actually I got in Warehouse,' she says. 'I was going to wear something a lot more conservative but then my producer Nuria [Blanco] saw it in my closet over there and said, "You've got to wear the orange!" because it's my favourite colour. It was great and I suppose it also made me stand out a bit which is good.' Louise is 5ft8 and must have been grazing six foot in her shoes. 'I don't usually wear heels but you have to put them on for these things. I got them over there in LA. You could spend a lot of money in LA shopping...' Attending the actual Oscars award ceremony requires a bit more sartorial effort, with Nuria wearing Helen Cody and Louise, Alison Conneely. 'The dress isn't finished yet, I'm actually going up for a fitting tomorrow. I would say that it will be eye-catching.' Is it orange? 'I'm not going to say. I was kind of laughing, it almost feels like I'm getting married or something. Getting my hair and make-up done, getting a dress. It's lovely. It's lovely to also have an Irish designer rather than any old thing.' "Chris O'Dowd won't be tagging along to the main event. 'I'm actually going to bring my sister Rebecca as my plus one to the ceremony. She works in an energy company in Sydney. She's flying from Sydney to meet me in LA. So I can't wait.' SHY Along with that Oscars luncheon in LA, Louise is just back from 'a fancy champagne reception' at Claridge's, London. 'It was the weekend before the BAFTAs so they had a lot of the nominees there. Olivia Colman was there, quite a few people who had been in LA were there, like Brad Bird, who is a big director in animation. …

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