The Minister for the Arts, John O'Donoghue, has congratulated the playwright, Martin McDonagh, and his production team on their Oscar win for Best Live Action Short Film.

Mr McDonagh, best known for his plays about Ireland, won the Oscar for the black comedy 'Six Shooter', which he wrote and directed.

The 78th Academy Awards ceremony took place in Los Angeles last night.

'Crash' upset the odds by taking the award for Best Picture ahead of the favourite, 'Brokeback Mountain', whose director, Ang Lee, was named Best Director.

The main acting honours went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his role as Truman Capote in 'Capote', and to Reese Witherspoon for her performance as June Carter Cash in 'Walk the Line'.

George Clooney and Rachel Weisz picked up Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for their roles in the films 'Syriana' and 'The Constant Gardener'.