Ireland's Academy Award nominees and Hollywood royalty party at annual Oscar Wilde party
Ireland’s Oscar nominees and Hollywood royalty were out in force in Los Angeles last night for the 11th Oscar Wilde awards.
Winners of the prestigious award included TV host James Corden, Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson, Northern Ireland group Snow Patrol and actresses Sarah Greene and Daisy Ridley.
The event was hosted in Santa Monica at director JJ Abrams Bad Robot studios for the fifth year in a row by he and his Irish American wife Katie McGrath.
Snow Patrol and singer Roisin O performed before a large and very enthusiastic crowd that included Irish people working in entertainment in Los Angeles and Ireland, Hollywood studio executives, agents and actors. Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Aisha Tyler, Elisabeth Shue, Jason O’Mara, Dominique McElligott, Claudine Keane, Colin Devlin, Sonya Macari and Kerry Condon were among the stars at the event.
The Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson was also there as was the west coast Consul General Phillip Grant. The Irish Film Board executives who were in Los Angeles were not attend invited to attend as have not supported the event of the past two years.
Alison Doody was also there, as was Steven Spielberg who directed her in Indiana Jones in the late ’90’s. Alison’s daughter has just moved to Los Angeles.
Almost all the food was Irish or Irish inspired and the dishes included Irish cocktail sausages with a whisky mustard, pancakes with Atlantic salmon, Irish breakfast panini with rashers, black pudding and cheese and a selection of cheeses from Kerrygold. For dessert, there was Irish cream truffles, apple tart with Irish whisky caramel and Irish coffee shots. Barry’s tea was also served.
The organiser of the Oscar Wilde awards, Trina Vargo paid warm tribute to all the Irish Oscar nominees in attendance and wished them well on Sunday. She also thanked JJ Abrams for hosting the event and for filming the last part of the latest Star Wars on Skellig Michael.
“It will likely mean more for Irish tourism than anything in the history of the country,” she said.