Fans support Paul and Nell Mescal as their mum starts chemotherapy 1 week ago

Fans support Paul and Nell Mescal as their mum starts chemotherapy

"Life is so crazy."

Nell Mescal, the sister of actor Paul Mescal, has shared that their mum is set to undergo chemotherapy treatment amid the excitement surrounding the Oscar nominations.

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Yesterday saw Paul land his first ever Academy Award nomination for his role in Charlotte Wells' Aftersun. In the category for Best Actor, he is joined by fellow Irishman Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin, Austin Butler for Elvis, Brendan Fraser for The Whale and Bill Nighy for Living.

Reacting to the news yesterday, Nell, a singer-songwriter reflected on how strange life can be at times.

"My mum got a haircut today in prep for her chemotherapy and then Paul got nominated for an Oscar life is so crazy," she tweeted.

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In the replies, Nell and Paul were met with support.

TV presenter Maïa Dunphy wrote: "Thinking of your Mum. This must be a great boost for her."

Senator Fiona O'Loughlin tweeted: "The ups and downs of life colliding. Congratulations proud sister. Hope your Mums treatment goes well."

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Nell also shared a screenshot of her family reacting to the news on a group video call. Following the announcement, she also tweeted: "I'm sobbing. How on earth did this happen?"

She later wrote: "I would post the video of my reaction but these tears were UGLY."

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As well as Paul and Colin's success in nabbing a Best Actor nomination, it was a tremendous day for Irish talent in cinema. In the Best Supporting Actor category, Barry Keoghan and Brendan Gleeson for their roles in The Banshees of Inisherin. Tipperary star Kerry Condon also landed a Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.

Elsewhere, history was made when Colm Bairéad's An Cailín Ciúin picked up a nomination for Best International Feature Film, making it the first Irish language film to do so.

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