THE team at Northern Ireland film Boogaloo and Graham is gearing up for the Oscars this weekend.
The film is nominated in the Live Action Short category at the Academy Awards which will be held on Sunday February 22.
A Northern Ireland film fought off stiff competition in the 2015 Baftas earlier this month to scoop Best British Short Film.
Boogaloo and Graham, written by Ronan Blaney, directed by Michael Lennox and produced by Brian J Falconer, is set in 1970s Belfast.
The movie follows the story of two young boys who discover the facts of life with the help of their pet chickens.
After celebrating their win, the Boogaloo and Graham team have now set their sights on the Oscars.
And although producer Brian Falconer says he’s not expecting to win he acknowleges that being the underdog could have its benefits.
In 2012 Belfast man Terry George won an Oscar in the same category for The Shore.
Speaking of the success of Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox told IFTN: “It feels great. I think for me it’s a sense of validation that this is what I am supposed to be doing so that I can move forward and move on with my career.
“I mean, you make jokes that ‘someday I will be at the Oscars’. But this year, the stars aligned and people across the water really liked the film which is great.
“I’ll enjoy that fact and my hope is that this will open some doors to other projects that I want to do. Bottom line is, I want to make films and I want to be back on set as soon as I can. So, if this helps me open the next door then I am very thankful for that and I will use it as much as I can.”
Producer Brian Falconer said while he’s not expecting a win, he’s confident in the team.
He told BBC: “If you had asked me what our chances were for the Bafta, I would have said I don’t think we were going to win it.
“In the Oscars, we are the underdog. We are a small film with a small budget coming from Northern Ireland.
“What we have is an amazing writer and an amazing director in Michael Lennox.”