Irish film stars to be honoured ahead of Oscars

Three of Ireland’s top film stars will be honoured in Hollywood just days ahead of the Academy Awards, it was announced today.

Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will be recognised for their contribution to the industry at a pre-Oscars bash hosted by the US-Ireland Alliance.

The annual 'Oscar Wilde: Honouring The Irish in Film' party brings together leaders in the Irish and US film, music and entertainment communities while the star-studded town is gearing up for the prestigious award ceremony.

Studio executives, writers, directors, producers, and a host of luminaries - including Al Pacino, Jodie Foster, Anjelica Huston, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, and Orlando Bloom – have attended the event in recent years.

The US-Ireland Alliance, which aims to develop ties between the two countries, has previously honoured Colm Meaney, Van Morrison, Terry George, Neil Jordan, and Jim Sheridan.

Alliance president, Trina Vargo, said: “We are delighted to honour three such outstanding Irish actors, all of whom have exciting current projects under way as well as prolific careers and an abundance of acclaimed roles.”

Farrell is one of Hollywood’s biggest names having starred in 'Miami Vice', 'Alexander', 'Phone Booth' and 'Intermission'.

He recently completed three films – including 'Ondine' by director Neil Jordan - and can next be seen starring opposite Ed Norton in 'Pride and Glory'.

Gleeson’s rise to fame began when he appeared in Jim Sheridan’s 'The Field'. It was followed by a number of small roles, but he attracted the attention of Hollywood when he starred in 'Braveheart', alongside Mel Gibson.

More recently he appeared in 'In Bruges' alongside Farrell and Ralph Fiennes and in the Harry Potter series.

The Dubliner’s latest project, Green Zone with Matt Damon, will be released next year.

Meanwhile, Golden Globe Award winner Rhys Meyers is recognised across the US for his starring role in the television mini-series 'Elvis' and as Henry VIII in 'The Tudors'.

The Corkman’s film successes include 'Match Point', 'Bend It Like Beckham' with Keira Knightly, Oliver Stone’s epic 'Alexander', 'Mission Impossible III', and 'August Rush'.

The pre-Academy Awards party will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles.

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