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Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson to be honored at Oscar Wilde Awards 

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January 25, 2016:  Lenny Abrahamson, the Academy Award-nominated director of ROOM, will be honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards on 25 February.  The US-Ireland Alliance event is held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.   Also being honored are Irish actress Sarah Green, Snow Patrol, James Corden and Daisy Ridley, the star of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  Abrams will emcee.  Snow Patrol and up-and-coming Irish singer, Roísín O, will perform.

Before ROOM, Abrahamson directed ADAM & PAUL and GARAGE, collaborations with Mark O’Halloran.  He received attention outside of Ireland for his films WHAT RICHARD DID, which premiered at Toronto in 2012 and launched the career of Jack Reynor; and FRANK, which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and starred Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhall. 

As a physics and philosophy student at Trinity College Dublin, Abrahamson co-founded, with Ed Guiney, the Trinity Video Society.  Guiney produced ROOM.  In addition to the Directing nomination for Abrahamson, ROOM is nominated for Best Picture; Actress in a Leading Role – Brie Larson; and Emma Donoghue in the category of Writing-Adapted Screenplay. 

Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance said,  “while Abrahamson was known in Ireland and certain film circles, it is great to see him get this deserved recognition on an international stage.  We look forward to celebrating his success.” 

The event, now in its 11th year, is known for its casual intimacy.   Over the years, it has only become more popular but Vargo is committed to retaining the integrity of the event: “Bigger is not necessarily better.  We’re not interested in having a thousand people in a hotel ballroom.  Guests like this event because it is a unique opportunity for creative individuals to meet each other and talk, honor great work and enjoy great music.   Relationships and creative collaborations have resulted.” 

Accenture and Resurgent Film Group are the main sponsors of the event.