September 26, 2016

Oscars: Michelle Williams, Melissa McCarthy honored at Irish event – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Irish know how to party (believe me, I’m one of them). And so it was a “wilde” evening last night in Hollywood as the U.S. – Ireland Alliance held its seventh annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film.

Academy Award nominees John Logan (“Hugo,” “Rango”), Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”) were honored at J.J. Abrams Santa Monica production company, Bad Robot. Among the 300 guests in attendance were Stephen Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Motion Picture Association Chairman Chris Dodd, Colin Farrell, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Jim Sheridan.

In presenting Logan with his award, Kenneth Branagh said the screenwriter gives each of his characters humanity and compassion and humor and sometimes a little madness. On accepting, Logan, whose mother and sister were present, spoke touchingly of his Belfast-born father, who died earlier this year.

McCarthy, meanwhile, had lost her voice, and her doctors had ordered her to bed, allowing Abrams to accept the award on her behalf.

Logan then introduced Williams, who said the award meant so much to her, because she considered it from a land and from a people who are known for poetry, for literature and lore, for myth and legend and in a business that’s ultimately about storytelling, she was honored to be acknowledged by the original storytellers.

Sponsors of the event were American Airlines and Accenture.

Previous recipients of the award include Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, David Holmes, Terry George, Van Morrison, Bill Monahan, James L. Brooks, Fiona Shaw, Colm Meaney, Hylda Queally, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Brendan Gleeson, J.J. Abrams, Saoirse Ronan, Seamus McGarvey, Sarah Bolger, Paul Rudd, and Ros and John Hubbard.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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