WATCH: Down Syndrome Actor Gets ‘Happy Birthday’ Chorus At Oscars

WATCH: Down Syndrome Actor Gets ‘Happy Birthday’ Chorus At Oscars

Actor James Martin, the 31-year-old star of “An Irish Goodbye,” joined the film’s producers on stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. During their acceptance speech for Best Live-Action Short, Tom Berkeley and Ross White pivoted to Martin.

“This award is actually the second most important thing about today because it’s this man’s birthday,” said Berkeley. “He’s out here in Hollywood, wearing a leopard-print suit jacket. We’d love to use the rest of our time up here to sing to James.”

And so they did, leading the entire Dolby Theater in a sing-along in honor of Martin’s 31st birthday.

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Martin lives with Down syndrome. Though he’s now the star of an Oscar-winning short, Martin works at a Belfast Starbucks and as a chef at

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