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Saturday, February 25, 2012

US-Ireland Alliance Hosts Oscar Wilde Awards in Santa Monica Leading Up to Oscar Night

John Logan, Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh at the Oscar Wilde Awards
Photo by: Alberto Rodriguez, Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance
The US-Ireland Alliance hosted its 7th annual Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Santa Monica, California, as a lead-in to the Oscar Awards taking place on Sunday, February 26.

Three Academy Award nominees – John Logan, Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams – were honored at the ceremony, which took place at J.J. Abrams Santa Monica production company, Bad Robot.

Attending the ceremony was George Mitchell, former US Senator and President Clinton's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, for whom the US-Ireland Alliance named its Scholarship Program.

The US-Ireland Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Virginia that promotes strong ties between Ireland and the United States in the fields of education, politics, business and the arts.  It was formed by Trina Vargo.

Previous recipients of the Oscar Wilde Awards 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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