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Our stars honoured in pre-Oscars ceremony


TINSELTOWN TRIO: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

TINSELTOWN TRIO: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

TINSELTOWN TRIO: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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 US-Ireland Alliance.

The annual Oscar Wilde: Honouring The Irish in Film party brings together leaders in Irish and US film, music and entertainment communities.

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 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 with Mel Gibson. More recently, he appeared in In Bruges alongside Farrell and Ralph Fiennes and in Harry Potter.

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

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

The Cork man's film successes include Match Point, Bend It Like Beckham, Alexander and Mission Impossible III.

The event will be held on February 19, 2009, at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles.