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High Hopes Irish animation studio holding lockdown celebration for Golden Globes nomination

Cartoon team are hosting a virtual party to cheer on Wolfwalkers at the Globes

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Directors Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart

Directors Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart

Normal People is up for an award

Normal People is up for an award

Gleeson in Comey Rule

Gleeson in Comey Rule

A scene from Wolfwalkers

A scene from Wolfwalkers

A still from Wolfwalkers

A still from Wolfwalkers

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Directors Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart

An Irish animation studio is having a virtual staff party tonight as they take part remotely in the Golden Globes.

Animators at Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon will tune in via video to cheer on Wolfwalkers, which is up for Best Animated Feature Film at the glitzy awards.

This year's Golden Globes sees the strongest Irish showing in years, with Normal People nominated for best limited series and its star, British actress Daisy Edgar-Jones, in the running for best actress.

Brendan Gleeson is also in contention for an acting nod for his fearsome portrayal of Donald Trump in miniseries The Comey Rule.

The virtual party has been organised by Wolfwalkers' directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart who are hosting the celebration from the spacious animation studios in the run up to the awards.

"There are no animators in work at the moment, so we may as well use it for something," smiled Tomm as they revealed their plans.

The co-directors and their partners will be in the studios while hundreds of animators are joining in from home.

"They've made a little living room. Two of our editors, Alan and David, are great cameramen. So they've set up the cameras, it will be a bit of an event. We'll have some Prosecco and snacks. It'll be nice, because we've all been at home. We're doing it all on video conferencing."

Tomm and Ross are dusting down their tuxedos as they will be on camera during the show which is being broadcast around the world.

"I haven't worn real pants in a year. I've been going around in dungarees and elasticated waists," said Tomm.

"I tried to put on my old tux from four years ago, for (colleague Nora Twomey's film) The Breadwinner and there wasn't a hope in hell. Thankfully, Louis Copeland sorted me out.

Wolfwalkers tells the story of a young apprentice hunter and her family who come here from England to help wipe out the last wolf pack.

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But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumoured to turn into wolves at night.

The movie has become an international smash after being picked up by Apple TV. It marks the biggest success yet for the Kilkenny animation studio set up 21 years ago.

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