IRELAND has had such an effect on the Oscars that the Emerald Isle can even claim to have spawned the man behind the actual Oscars statuette.
Here is a comprehensive list of every Irish person ever to win an Academy Award...
What they won: 11 Best Art/Set Direction Oscars between 1930 and 1956 for The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1930), The Merry Widow (1934), Pride and Prejudice (1940), Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Gaslight (1944), The Yearling (1946), Little Women (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Julius Caesar (1953) and Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956).
Trivia: Gibbons is credited as the original designers of the famous ‘Oscar’ statuette.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
From: Synge Street, Dublin
What they won: Best Adapted Screenplay for Pygmalion (1938).
Trivia: Shaw is the only person ever to be awarded both a Nobel Prize (Literature, 1925) and an Academy Award.
From: Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin
What they won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Going My Way (1944).
Trivia: Fitzgerald is the only performer to be nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same film.
From: Kildare Town
What they won: Two Best Makeup Oscars for Quest for Fire (1981) and Dracula (1992).
Trivia: She moved to Canada at the age of 14 and worked as a model in Montreal before becoming a makeup artist.
From: Monkstown, Dublin
What they won: Best Art Direction for Out of Africa (1986).
Trivia: MacAvin is the only Irish person to win both an Emmy (Scarlett, 1994) and an Academy Award.
DANIEL DAY LEWIS
From: London. His father was born in Ballintubbert, Co. Laois and he has dual citizenship. He currently lives in Wicklow.
What they won: Three Best Actor Awards for My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2013).
Trivia: Day Lewis is married to Rebecca Miller – daughter of the famed playwright Arthur Miller who once married Marilyn Monroe.
What they won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for My Left Foot (1989).
Trivia: She originally planned to be a journalist like her father Desmond, who worked for The Irish Times.
What they won: Best Original Screenplay for The Crying Game (1993).
Trivia: Jordan studied Irish history and English literature at UCD before he became a screenwriter.
From: O’Toole had two birth certificates with two birthplaces – one Leeds, one Connemara.
What they won: Lifetime achievement (2003).
Trivia: He worked as a tea boy at the Yorkshire Evening Post later becoming a reporter before following his dream to be an actor.
From: His parents are from the west of Ireland and he lives in Galway.
What they won: Best Short Film (Live Action) for Six Shooter (2006).
Trivia: Although all his plays except for The Pillowman are based in Ireland he has never lived full time in the country.
From: Ballymum, Dublin
What they won: Best Song for Once (2008)
Trivia: Bob Dylan was such a big fan of Hansard’s film Once that he arranged to have he and co-star Markéta Irglová open for him on part of his world tour.
From: Tallaght, Dublin
What they won: Best Visual Effects for Avatar (2010)
Trivia: He studied at Ballyfermot Art College before moving to California to pursue his career.
TERRY AND OORLAGH GEORGE
What they won: Best Short Film (Live Action) for The Shore (2012).
Trivia: Terry George directed award-winning Hotel Rwanda (2004) and In The Name Of The Father (1993).
From: Ranelagh, Dublin
What they won: Lifetime Achievement (2015).
Trivia: Screen legend O’Hara earned the nickname 'The Queen of Technicolour'.
What they won: Best Short Film (Live Action) for Stutterer (2016).
Trivia: During his acceptance speech, Cleary said: “Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today even more so… Sláinte!”