Saturday 21 July 2018

Colin Farrell praises Barry Keoghan for overcoming 'insurmountable desolation'

The 25-year-old Dunkirk actor was honoured with an Oscar Wilde Award in Los Angeles.

Colin Farrell simulates a fight with Barry Keoghan following the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
Colin Farrell simulates a fight with Barry Keoghan following the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
Barry Keoghan at the screening of Black 47 for the Gala Opening of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the screening of Black 47 for the Gala Opening of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan at the London premiere of Killing of a Sacred Deer
Killer performances: Barry Keoghan and Colin Farrell are excellent in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
Barry Keoghan attends the Warner Bros. Pictures 'DUNKIRK' US premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 18, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Colin Farrell has praised Dunkirk actor Barry Keoghan for overcoming “insurmountable” difficulties, as he presented him with an award in Los Angeles.

The rising star, who played George Mills in the Oscar-nominated film, was handed an Oscar Wilde Award alongside Mark Hamill, who followed in the footsteps of his late friend Carrie Fisher to collect the honour.

The awards, held by the US-Ireland Alliance on Wednesday, recognise the contributions of Irish people in film, television and music, as well as those with a connection to Ireland.                   

Farrell praised the 25-year-old Dubliner for excelling despite experiencing “desolation” that Farrell said he himself would not be able to overcome.

Killer performances: Barry Keoghan and Colin Farrell are excellent in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
Killer performances: Barry Keoghan and Colin Farrell are excellent in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Keoghan, who is nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for his work alongside Farrell in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, has discussed growing up in foster care and his mother’s death from heroin.

Farrell said: “It’s really incredible what he has achieved in a few years. Anyone who knows Barry can testify to the fact that he has gone through a certain amount of experience in his own personal life.

“He has experienced a certain amount of desolation in his personal life, in his past, things that I would find in my contemplation of such loss, completely insurmountable.”

Speaking on the “green carpet” ahead of the ceremony, Hamill said the honour had extra significance because he had accompanied his Star Wars co-star Fisher to receive the same award in 2015.

Barry Keoghan speaks onstage during the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Barry Keoghan speaks onstage during the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

“Her speech was, of course, hilarious,” he told the Press Association. “I can’t touch her in that regard, but I’ll try and be more coherent.”

Hamill said his paternal family is Irish and he has filmed at various locations on the island, including at Skellig Michael for The Last Jedi.

Colin Farrell (L) and Barry Keoghan attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Colin Farrell (L) and Barry Keoghan attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

Also presented with awards were Paula Malcomson, who starred in US series Ray Donovan, and Home Alone actress Catherine O’Hara.

Malcomson, who left Dublin for the States during The Troubles with just “£27 in my pocket that I borrowed from my granny”, made an impassioned speech about immigration in the US which allowed her to live the “American dream”.

“This country took in an 18-year-old girl. It wrapped its arms around her and handed her a better life,” she said.

“I only hope the American dream is available for those who reach out and grab it the way I did, but I’m not so sure right now.”

Sarah Bolger attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Sarah Bolger attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
(L-R) Martin Short, J.J. Abrams, Paula Malcomson, Catherine O'Hara, and Mark Hamill attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Colin Farrell (L) and J.J. Abrams attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Barry Keoghan speaks onstage during the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Colin Farrell introduces Barry Keoghan onstage during the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Colin Farrell (L) and Barry Keoghan attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Martin Short attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)
Jason O'Mara attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Jane Levy attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Rosemarie DeWitt attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Valeria Mason (L) and Dash Mihok attend the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Hylda Queally (L) and Miles Starling attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Aisling Bea (L) and Sinead O'Sullivan attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Aisling Bea attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Andrea Martin attends the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Catherine O'Hara (L) and Bo Welch attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Nora-Jane Noone attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Jane Levy attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Sarah Bolger attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Dana Delany attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Victoria Smurfit attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Simon Quarterman attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Don O'Neill (L) and Pascal Guillermie attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Paula Malcomson attends the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )

The 13th annual ceremony was hosted by director JJ Abrams at the complex of his production company, Bad Robot, in Santa Monica.

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