Paul Mescal’s mum says Oscar nominations were too ‘stressful’ to watch

Paul Mescal’s mum says Oscar nominations were too ‘stressful’ to watch

Updated: 5 days, 19 hours, 51 minutes, 15 seconds ago
Paul Mescal and mum It was announced on Tuesday that Paul Mescal had snagged a best actor Oscar nomination for his role in Aftersun and his mum has now spoken out (Picture: Rex/Instagram/@dearbhlam)

Paul Mescal’s mum Dearbhla has shared an insight into what it was like finding out her son had been nominated for film’s most prestigious award.

It was announced on Tuesday that 26-year-old Paul had snagged a best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Calum in Aftersun.

But Dearbhla has revealed she found the nomination reveal ceremony too ‘stressful’ to watch and was folding washing when she learned of her son’s nod via WhatsApp.

Paul is the eldest of three siblings and Dearbhla and her husband (also called Paul) are also doting parents to daughter Nell and son Donnacha.

‘We’re very blessed, Donnacha was in New York, sitting in his office, Nelly was in London, she went straight to his flat,’ Dearbhla said of how her family reacted to the news.

‘It’s an honour to watch him in this arena, I’m emotional a lot today,’ she added to RTE.

Paul Mescal's mum Dearbhla has revealed she found the nomination reveal ceremony too ‘stressful’ to watch (Picture: Instagram/@dearbhlam) Paul Mescal Paul is the eldest of three siblings (Picture: David M. Benett/Jed Cullen/Dave Benett/Getty Images) Paul Mescal's mum ‘We’re very blessed,’ said Dearbhla (Picture: Instagram/@dearbhlam)

‘The fact that I got to see their three faces today, the love they have for each other as siblings is second to none, I’m very happy.’

Paul’s dad told the outlet: ‘[The Oscars] was always such an occasion and even with Irish people like Brenda Fricker and Liam Neeson and all those people and now for our child to be to be in with those.’

Following Tuesday’s announcement, Irish actor Paul took part in an adorable FaceTime call with members of his family.

Spotted in the corner of a screenshot uploaded by his musician sister Nell, the star was beaming as other members of the virtual call appeared overjoyed. 

Paul Mescal Following Tuesday’s announcement, Irish actor Paul took part in an adorable FaceTime call with members of his family (Picture: Nell Mescal/Instagram) Aftersun Paul plays Calum in Aftersun, which follows the actor’s character and his on-screen daughter Sophie during a holiday in Turkey (Picture: AP)

In a series of tweets, Nell reacted to the news her brother could be receiving his very first Oscar next month and shared her emotional overwhelm at the revelation. 

Alongside the grab from a group call, the younger Mescal posted a crying emoji and admitted she couldn’t upload the actual video as she was crying ‘ugly’ tears. 

‘i am so proud it is making me sick [sic]’, she penned and went on to say: ‘how on earth did this happen?’

Nell also revealed the sad news of her mother’s upcoming chemotherapy treatment amid the Oscars chaos: ‘my mum got a haircut today in prep for her chemotherapy and then paul got nominated for an oscar life is so crazy [sic].’

Paul has since reacted to the news in a statement that read: ‘This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.

‘I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends Charlotte and Frankie who I love dearly! This is bananas, thank you!’

The Normal People star was nominated for best actor in a leading role alongside fellow Irishman Colin Farrell for his part in The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis star Austin Butler, Brendan Fraser for The Whale and Living’s Bill Nighy.

Oscar nominations 2023

Here are the nominations for the 95th Oscar Awards:

Best motion picture of the year

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Austin Butler in Elvis
Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Paul Mescal in Aftersun
Bill Nighy in Living

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway
Judd Hirsch in The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Cate Blanchett in Tár
Ana de Armas in Blonde
Andrea Riseborough in To Leslie
Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Angela Bassett in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau in The Whale
Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Applause from Tell It like a Woman, Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
Hold My Hand from "Top Gun: Maverick, Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler
Naatu Naatu from RRR, Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose
This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once, Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne

Achievement in directing

The Banshees of Inisherin - Martin McDonagh
Everything Everywhere All at Once - Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
The Fabelmans - Steven Spielberg
Tár - Todd Field
Triangle of Sadness - Ruben Östlund

Best animated feature film of the year

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
The Sea Beast
Turning Red

Achievement in cinematography

All Quiet on the Western Front
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Elvis
Empire of Light
Tár

Achievement in costume design

Babylon
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Best documentary feature

All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed"
Fire of Love
A House Made of Splinters
Navalnys

Best documentary short subject

The Elephant Whisperers
Haulout
How Do You Measure a Year?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Stranger at the Gate

Achievement in film editing

The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick

Best international feature film of the year

All Quiet on the Western Front - Germany
Argentina, 1985 - Argentina
Close - Belgium
EO - Poland
The Quiet Girl - Ireland

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

All Quiet on the Western Front
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"Elvis
The Whale

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

All Quiet on the Western Front - Volker Bertelmann
Babylon - Justin Hurwitz
The Banshees of Inisherin - Carter Burwell
Everything Everywhere All at Once - Son Lux
The Fabelmans - John Williams

Achievement in production design

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
Elvis
The Fabelmans

Best animated short film

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Flying Sailor
Ice Merchants
My Year of Dicks
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

Best live action short film

An Irish Goodbye
Ivalu
Le Pupille
Night Ride
The Red Suitcase

Achievement in sound

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Elvis
Top Gun: Maverick

Achievement in visual effects

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Top Gun: Maverick

Adapted screenplay

All Quiet on the Western Front
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Living
Top Gun: Maverick
Women Talking

Original screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Triangle of Sadness

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