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Acclaimed screenwriter John Logan to receive Oscar Wilde Award

Screenwriter, playwright and producer John Logan will be honored with an Oscar Wilde award at the popular Irish party held during Oscars week.  He joins Michelle Williams and Melissa McCarthy as an honoree at the seventh annual “Oscar Wilde:  Honoring the Irish in Film” which will on be held on 23 February at Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ Santa Monica production company.

Logan is an acclaimed Tony Award®-winning dramatist and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter whose works span a multitude of genres from dramas and comedies, to action and animated films. He is often hailed for his remarkable ability to capture the voice of the character while transporting viewers into accessible worlds rich with color. Logan’s films have garnered a worldwide box office total of nearly $2 billion—making him one of the most successful and sought-after screenwriters in the industry.

Trina Vargo, president of the non-profit US-Ireland Alliance, said of the son of emigrants from Northern Ireland: “The diversity of John’s work is especially impressive – from adaptations of books and plays like HUGO and CORIOLANUS to legacy franchises like James Bond and Star Trek to epics like GLADIATOR and THE AVIATOR his background as a playwright comes through in his attention to dialogue and language.  And he gravitates to dark characters -- maybe that’s the Northern Ireland in him.” 

Logan recently wrote HUGO, the screen adaptation of Brian Selznick’s popular novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese and released by Paramount. Set in 1930s Paris, HUGO follows an orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a train station and becomes wrapped up in a mystery with his young new friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) that involves his late father and an automaton. Starring Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley, the film marks the second collaboration for Logan and Scorsese. HUGO, Scorsese’s first 3D family film, was recently honored as the Best Film of 2011 by the National Board of Review.

The Weinstein Company recently released Logan’s modern-day film adaptation of Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS, a tragedy based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus. Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in the film opposite Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain.

Logan is currently working on the next James Bond film, SKYFALL, which will see Daniel Craig reprising the role of James Bond, and also stars Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. Sam Mendes is directing and is currently filming. Sony is set to release the film in the fall. Logan is also collaborating with Patti Smith on adapting the film version of her best-selling book, Just Kids, which chronicles the musician’s early years in New York 

In 2000, Logan earned global recognition and his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for GLADIATOR, which went on to win five Oscars®, including Best Picture. The script, which illustrated Logan’s ability to combine visceral action sequences with poetic tenderness, earned Logan both BAFTA and WGA nominations. In 2004, Logan received his second Academy Award® nomination for THE AVIATOR, an original screenplay starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. The film received a total of 11 nominations and five wins, and resulted in BAFTA, WGA and Golden Globe® nominations for Logan.

Logan’s diverse background in film also includes RANGO (2011), SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007), THE LAST SAMURAI (2003), SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS (2003), STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002), and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (1999). 

In addition to his immensely successful screenwriting career, Logan is an accomplished dramatist with more than a dozen plays to his credit. His play, RED, received six Tony Awards® in 2010, including the award for Best Play. RED premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Logan’s other noted plays including NEVER THE SINNER and HAUPTMANN, and his adaptation of Ibsen’s THE MASTER BUILDER premiered on the West End in 2003 to great acclaim.

Sponsors of the Oscar Wilde event include American Airlines and Accenture.