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Oscar Wilde Awards to Honor James Corden

18 November 2015.  The US-Ireland Alliance, will host the 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards on February 25, 2016, at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica. The organization, which usually honors three individuals, has announced its first honoree, award-winning writer, producer, actor and television host James Corden.

On honoring the multi-talented Corden, Trina Vargo, founder and president of the Washington D.C.-based Alliance, noted Corden’s myriad achievements including the current success he is enjoying as one of the most welcoming hosts in the late night line-up.  Referencing Corden’s recent ability to hold his own with the cast of Riverdance, Vargo said, “he deserves to be our ‘Honorary Irishman’ this year just on the basis of the courage it takes to perform with some of the finest Irish dancers in the world.”

Winner of a Tony Award and a BAFTA Corden can currently be seen hosting THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS. Corden stands out in the late night show lineup, distinguishing himself by offering viewers a peek behind-the-scenes into the green room, bringing all of his guests out at once and lending his musical and acting talents to various sketches.  During the short time since Corden took the helm, THE LATE LATE SHOW has generated numerous buzzworthy viral videos - resulting in millions of online views, reached series highs in viewers and earned a Critics Choice Awards nomination. 

Corden also continues to host the BAFTA Award winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and hosted the Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014.

On television, Corden stars in, produces, and writes the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. In 2013, Corden was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Writer of the Year for his work on the show.   Previously, Corden starred as Smithy in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series “Gavin and Stacey” which he also co-created and co-wrote, and which earned him a BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2008 and the British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Performer in 2007. Corden also starred in the British television series “Fat Friends” from 2000 to 2005, which earned him a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen.

Proving his versatility, Corden has also been acclaimed on the big screen for roles in recent hits including INTO THE WOODS, BEGIN AGAIN, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, and THE HISTORY BOYS.

On stage, Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play One Man, Two Guvnors, which he first performed in The National Theatre and the West End in London, and then on Broadway. His performance on Broadway garnered him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. 

The annual Oscar Wilde Awards event has long been a favorite because of its intimate, casual, and informal vibe and for the introduction of many young contemporary Irish musicians and singers to a new audience.  Award presenters (such as Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts) are often as notable as the honorees, and who have included Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, Fiona Shaw, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Bolger, Van Morrison, Conan O’Brien, and Steven Colbert.  Michelle Williams, J.J. Abrams, Jim Brooks and Paul Rudd have all been made ‘honorary’ Irish.   Sponsors of the 2016 Oscar Wilde event include Accenture and Resurgent Film Group.


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