Wednesday 18 July 2018

'Ireland has always had a very special place in my heart' - Star Wars' Mark Hamill to be honoured at the annual Oscar Wilde Awards

JJ Abrams and Mark Hamill on Skellig Michael
JJ Abrams and Mark Hamill on Skellig Michael
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Mark Hamill will be honoured at the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the US-Ireland Alliance ahead of the awards which will be held at Star Wars director JJ Abrams' Bad Robot in Santa Monica on March 1.

Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance, said: “With Luke Skywalker to feature prominently in the Rian Johnson-directed, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark has spent a good deal of time filming in Ireland. It seems especially appropriate that we honor him in 2018.”

Hamill said, "I attended the Oscar Wilde Awards in 2015 when my dear friend Carrie Fisher was a recipient. Now it's my honor to be recognized by the US-Ireland Alliance in the same way.

Stephen Fry, Colin Davidson, Carrie Fisher and Stephen Colbert at the Oscar Wilde Awards.
Stephen Fry, Colin Davidson, Carrie Fisher and Stephen Colbert at the Oscar Wilde Awards.

"I find it meaningful because Ireland has always had a very special place in my heart, both personally and professionally. I know Trina Vargo's work with artists and scholars and I'm so pleased to be a part this."

The Alliance promotes contemporary US-Ireland ties and has previously awarded Abrams 'honourary' Irishman status while also honouring Fisher and current Star Wars star Daisy Ridley.

Other actors who have been honoured by the non-profit organisation include Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Ruth Negga, Lenny Abrahamson, Sarah Greene and Caitriona Balfe.

Irish Americans Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, and Martin Short have also been honoured and joining Abrams with 'honourary' Irish status have been Michelle Williams, James Corden, Paul Rudd and James Brooks.

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