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JJ Abrams, Kerry Condon’s Big Toast Ireland at the Oscar Wilde Awards – The Hollywood Reporter


With an unprecedented number of Oscar nominations for Irish talent and films this year, everyone celebrated the green wave at the 17th Annual Academy Awards, which took place Thursday night — before the rain arrived — at Bad Robot in Santa Monica. “It’s amazing, there are 7 million people on that island, they’re all nominated and they’re here tonight,” said host JJ Abrams, in a year when 25 percent of acting Oscar nominations have been made by Irish actors.

Irish actress Kerry Condon (Anisherin from Inisherin), Jesse Buckley (The woman speaks), Eve Hewson (Flora and his son) And An Cailίn Ciúin (The quiet girl), the first Irish-language film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Created by the American-Irish Alliance, the Oscar Wilde Awards celebrate the work of those from Ireland – and others – who contribute to film, television and music.

Condon, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, took the occasion – after she introduced him Better Call Saul Matte Ria Seehorn – to remember coming to America when she was 17 and “smoking weed for the first time”; Then stay at Saharan Motel on Sunset” because it was in the movie True romance And it was all I could take, and two days later, the police raided a room down the hall and I said to myself, “This is so cool.” Other memories included staying with Heath Ledger at his home in Los Feliz, “being underage and driving with a fake license” and smoking Camel Lights.

She also recalled that she lived in Hell’s Kitchen in New York and had “a fella stalking me,” because I was on this HBO show. Romebut no one on the job cared because he kept sending us cakes from his bakery.”

Buckley was brought to the podium by her The woman speaks Writer and director Sarah Polley (Oscar nominated for screenplay adapted), who said that in the film “when there are nine, sometimes 12 characters in the same room, I would often shoot Jesse at the end after we’d run a scene over 150 times over the course of three days,” Like “While Jessie was always great on the first take, she’s really the only actress I’ve seen still able to really surprise herself and everyone else who got 150. … Her gigantic laugh kept us alive through the toughest day.”

Buckley admitted that she found the awards shows “a bit baffling. Usually I’m squeezing like some kind of sausage into a dress and on the way there I think, ‘I can’t wait to get home and I’m like, eat chips and tequila and put on my pajamas.'” But I thought it was Irish awards. It might be a little different, like being awake.”

Hewson Bad sisters The actress next performed at Sundance’s Entry John Carney, introduced by Charlie Hunnam. Her parents, Bono and Ali Hewson, were on hand and thanked them for giving her “a beautiful blend of reasoned self-confidence and chronic, crippling anxiety. It’s the perfect blend for an entertainer, and I wouldn’t be here today without it.”

To her father: “Thank you for your guidance and wisdom and for teaching me what hard work looks like and for building such a privileged life for me and my siblings that it is almost impossible to love. Thank God we are not all that tall, or we would all be supermodels and people would really, really hate us.” She commended her mother for “loving me so much that I feel I can fly.”

Acceptance of Oscar Wilde’s Award The quiet girl The producer was Cleona Ni Shrwalaoui and her husband, director Colm Piriad.

“We’re grateful that there wasn’t always a belief that making a film in the Irish language was something possible or a good idea, commercially or creatively,” said Periad. “We can’t tell you how happy we are to prove this argument wrong.”

Among the present Oscar nominees is Richard Baneham (Avatar: Water Road), Mark Swift and Joel Crawford (Puss in Boots: Last Wish), Tom Berkley and Ross White (Irish Goodbye), Andy Nelson (Batman) and Charlie McCheese and Matthew Freud (Boy, mole, fox and horse.)

ALSO AVAILABLE: Co-host Katie McGrath, Courtney B. Vance, Terry George, Jim Sheridan, John Conroy, Richard Lovett, Kathryn Clinch, Alice Eve, Jim Giannopoulos, Jason Patric, Patrick Crowley, Ram Sharan, Sarah Bolger, Mamie Gummer, Rick Famuyiwa , Frankie Shaw, OT Fagbenley, Franklin Leonard, Patrick Crowley, Lynn Amato, Aisha Taylor, Roma Downey, Peter Devlin and Donal Hialay.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.