The Irish rule the Green carpet for Oscar Wilde Awards in LA

Cat of An Cailín Ciúin

It’s safe to say that the Irish were out in force at the 17th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which were held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica, California on Thursday night.

The annual bash, which is always held on the Thursday before the Academy Awards is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between Ireland and the United States, all while celebrating the contribution Ireland makes to film, television, and music.

Each year, several Irish stars are honoured at the event, with 2023 being no different.

The 2023 honourees included Jessie Buckley, who stars in the Oscar-nominated film Women Talking and Oscar nominee Kerry Condon for her work on Banshees of Inisherin.

Eve Hewson who is starring in the forthcoming Flora and Son, directed by John Carney was also honoured, while Irish band The Coronas provided the entertainment for the star-studded crowd.

The event also gave special recognition to the Irish language film An Cailín Ciúin – the first Irish language film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature.

Director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí, as well as stars Carrie Crowley and Catherine Clinch, were all on hand to accept the accolade.

Speaking to The Journal, Colm admitted that the week of celebrations involving so many from Ireland “felt like a warm embrace”.

Dublin native Richard Baneham, who’s part of the team Oscar-nominated for the visual effects work on Avatar: The Way of Water, was seen on the carpet, while the team behind the Oscar-nominated short film, An Irish Gooybe were also in attendance.

The 95th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night and will be broadcast on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on Monday from 9:30pm.

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