Friday 23 February 2018

Stars go green for Oscars

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.
Host JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath (R) attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event
Musician Gavin James

Ruth O'Neill

The annual Wilde party has become a must for Hollywood royalty ahead of the Oscars, writes Ruth O'Neill from LA

IT brings together the best of Irish actors in Hollywood and a few extras who want to walk the green carpet.

Oscar Wilde once said, "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars".

Well, the stars certainly gathered in his name for the annual Oscar Wilde party in Santa Monica on Thursday night.

After 10 years it has earned a reputation as one of the best and most relaxed pre-Oscars get togethers in LA, so it was no surprise that the guestlist was full of household names.

Celebrities sauntered down the green carpet bantering about their love of Ireland while a drone hovered above catching all the action.

The US-Ireland Alliance was honoring Hollywood legend Carrie Fisher, American TV Host Stephen Colbert and renowned artist Colin Davidson.

Stephen Fry, who recently tied the knot told the Irish Independent: "This is kind of a honeymoon but we plan to head to the Caribbean for a proper one on Sunday". He laughed at the fact that his interview with Gay Byrne went viral but insists that he stands by his statements.

Actress Sarah Bolger, who last attended the event when she was just 12, said "Ireland is always home".

Hollywood power player and MC for the night JJ Abrams described the pre-Oscar party as "the most irreverent, most fun, with the best music and certainly the most Guinness".

He revealed why he cast Domhnall Gleeson in the new Star Wars movie, saying: "He is such a brilliant actor. I cannot tell you how lucky we are to have him. He is so good and so smart. He's an utter joy to work with".


A self-proclaimed honorary Irishman, he reminisced how he spent 10 days driving around the country with his family and stated it was "just heaven".

The gongs were handed out on the rooftop of the ultra cool Bad Robot production offices, a two-story creative hub on the Westside of Los Angeles.

In a week full of fancy pre-Oscar parties with gowns, tuxes and plenty of air kisses, the dress code for this bash is always casual.

On display was a contemporary portrait of Glenn Hansard painted by Colin Davidson. Guests were encouraged to bid on it throughout the evening.

Another guest was 'Hunger Games' star Alexander Ludwig, who spent last year in Ireland filming 'Vikings' and New Kids On The Block alum Joey McIntyre.

The menu included baby cottage pies, strudel and cheese Texas."

Stephen Colbert talked about how, as teenager, himself and his mother went over to Roscommon to try find their relatives.

"I'm overtly Irish, when I dance I don't know what to do with my arms," he joked.

Performers included Meghan O' Neill and folk singer Gavin James

Tipped to be the next Ed Sheeran, Gavin chatted about how excited he is to join rockers Kodaline on their North America tour this year, before he ended the night with a rendition of U2's "With or Without You".

Irish Independent

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