Ham toasties and a tribute to Dolores O'Riordan - inside the star-studded 'Irish Oscars'
Straight off the airport runway, Barry Keoghan made it to the prestigious Oscar Wilde party in L.A. in the nick of time.
The young actor, whose flight had been cancelled and then delayed by Storm Emma, arrived moments before he was handed the Rising Star away by Colin Farrell at the 'Irish Oscars'.
He thanked the crowd before telling them “I don’t know what else to say…I’m wrecked lads. I’m absolutely wrecked.”
Keoghan was among some of the biggest names in Irish film industry to attend the 13th annual awards which celebrates the Irish in Hollywood.
The event is held inside filmmaker JJ Abrams production company Bad Robot in Santa Monica, and supports the US Irish Alliance.
The honourees at this year’s award were Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, “Best in Show” and “Home Alone” star Catherine O’Hara and and “Hunger Games” actress Paula Malcomson.
Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, Diane Keaton, Jason O’Mara, Sarah Bolger, Andy Serkis, comedian Aisling Bea, Victoria Smurfit, Nora-Jane Noone, and designer Don O’Neill were all in attendance.
After the guests had walked the green carpet they made their way inside the venue where they tucked into mini fish N chips, grass fed beef sliders, and cheddar and shaved ham toasties while bartenders mixed together ‘Oscar-tinis’.
Abrams said he loves hosting the event as an honorary Irish man as it is “a fun loose irreverent and somehow soulful evening that celebrates this country and it’s connection with the US.”
Once Abram and Kathy Griffin had welcomed the crowd, poet David Whyte read several poems before the awards were handed out.
Mark Hamill said it was an honour to accept the award given the high standard of Irish film from “the energy from The Commitments to the tragedy of Angela’s Ashes’.
Farrell praised former Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan for his deftness as an actor, tomorrow Keoghan is up for a Best Actor award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Abrams also praised all the Irish Oscar nominees; Saoirse Ronan is up for Best Actress for her role in Lady Bird, Consolata Boyle for Best Costume Design in Victoria and Abdul, Martin McDonagh’s for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri's seven nominations, Daniel Day Lewis for the Best Actor nod in Phantom Thread and Cartoon Saloon who have made it into the Best Animated Feature category.
After the Oscar Wilde awards were handed out upcoming Westmeath band The Academic performed in the terrace of the building - they four piece included a rendition of Linger in honour of the late Dolores O’Riordan.
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