JJ Abrams & Bad Robot launch Oscar Week with the US-Ireland Alliance's 7th annual OSCAR WILDE celebration, honoring John Logan, Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams.


Lindsay McConchie
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LOS ANGELES (February 24, 2012) – Oscar Wilde once said: “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars;” and there were a lot of stars to look at during the US-Ireland Alliance’s seventh annual “Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film.”

On Thursday night, February 23rd, JJ Abrams, A-list director and show creator, opened the Santa Monica offices of his Production Company, Bad Robot, to host what has been quoted by many as the annual launch to Oscar Weekend. The night celebrated its seventh anniversary by honoring three 2012 Academy Award nominees – John Logan, Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams.

Besides the change of venue to Bad Robot, a more intimate space than the previous Wilshire Ebell venue, the Alliance team & partners managed to maintain the same casual Irish-influenced elements that make the night one of Hollywood's most cherished during Oscar Week. From the Irish-themed appetizers to the Irish artists providing the musical entertainment for the evening, it was a cultural celebration that would make any Irishman proud.

With past honorees including Jim Sheridan, Terry George, Van Morrison, James L. Brooks, Fiona Shaw, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Rudd, & J.J. Abrams himself - the 2012 honorees were in good company, along with over 300 guests in attendance from Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw to Motion Picture Association Chairman Chris Dodd, Colin Farrell, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and YouTube founder Chad Hurley.


About ‘US-Ireland Alliance’
The US-Ireland Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization, focused on strengthening ties between the US and the island of Ireland. Its flagship initiative is the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program, named in honor of the former Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, which enables American post-graduates to study at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its annual “Oscar Wilde” Celebration was created to bring together people in the entertainment industries of the US and Ireland.

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