Updated: Jan 25
The US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which will be held on March 24, 2022, will move this year from its usual home at Bad Robot to the Ebell of Los Angeles.
Trina Vargo, president of the US-Ireland Alliance said, “Our event is normally held at J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot, and we were hoping that would be the case this year. But, due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID, and therefore the need to be in a larger space than usual in case social distancing is still required, J.J., Katie and I agreed to play it safe this year. J.J. will emcee at the Ebell.” The event was held at the Ebell from 2006 through 2011, at which time it moved to Bad Robot.
Caitriona Balfe will be on hand to present the Wilde Card Award to up-and-coming Irish actor Dónall Ó Héalai. Caitriona, a previous recipient of an Oscar Wilde Award, currently stars opposite Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill in the Kenneth Branagh directed film BELFAST. She also stars in the wildly popular STARZ series Outlander. Dónall stars in two recent films in the Irish language: ARRACHT and FOSCADH.
Also being honored this year are Jamie Dornan, Kenneth Branagh, and Adam McKay.
Irish performers Loah & Bantum, and the band True Tides will perform on the night. The food is always a popular element of the party and Irish-born caterer Richard Mooney of Kensington Caterers will continue to provide the food, as he has since the first year.
Presenting Sponsors of the Oscar Wilde Awards are Hackman Capital Partners, along with its affiliate and studio operating and service company, The MBS Group (owners of Ardmore and Troy Studios in Ireland). Other major supporters include Screen Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.