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Domhnall Gleeson is 'a joy to work with' says Star Wars director JJ Abrams as he toasts the Irish in Tinseltown

Prior Mitchell Scholar Recipient YJ Heo, Host J.J. Abrams and Mason Smith attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California
Prior Mitchell Scholar Recipient YJ Heo, Host J.J. Abrams and Mason Smith attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California
Brian F. O'Byrne attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards
Actor Sean Maguire attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California
Sarah Bolger
Actress Dominique McElligott
Actress Sonya Macari and musician Colin Devlin
Carrie Fisher
Actor Stephen Fry (L) and his husband Elliott Spencer pose
Carrie Fisher

STAR Wars director JJ Abrams has said that Domhnall Gleeson is "a joy" to work with as he hosted Irish America's annual Hollywood bash last night.

Stars including Stephen Fry, In America actor Sarah Bolger, and Love/Hate star Brian F O'Byrne turned out for the tenth annual Oscar Wilde Awards which were handed out on the rooftop of Abrams' ultra cool Los Angeles Bad Robot headquarters.

He had nothing but praise for Gleeson (31) whose role in the upcoming Star Wars - The Force Awakens is top secret.

"He is such a brilliant actor. I cannot tell you how lucky we are to have him. He is so good and so smart. He's an utter joy to work with," Abrams told the Herald last night.

Held ahead of Sunday night's Academy Awards, Oscar Wilde gongs were doled out to another Star Wars actor, Carrie Fisher, as well as American TV host Stephen Colbert and renowned artist Colin Davidson.

Fun

The event is run by the US-Ireland Alliance, and Abrams explained why it was different from other pre-Oscar night parties saying it is "the most irreverent, most fun, has the best music, and it certainly has the most Guinness".

Carrie Fisher brought her dog Gary to the event.

"My family immigrated from Ireland to Texas - you would have to be drunk to think that's moving up in the world," she quipped as she accepted her award.

Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry attended with husband Elliott Spencer.

The pair married recently and Fry described the break in LA as "kind of a honeymoon" adding "we plan to head to the Caribbean for a proper one on Sunday".

Sarah Bolger - who will appear alongside Olivia Wilde in the upcoming The Lazarus Effect - looked stunning in a vintage Oscar de la Renta knee length dress. Despite her Stateside success, the 23-year-old said "Ireland is always home".

Satirical chat show host Stephen Colbert had the audience in stitches with his award acceptance speech quipping: "I'm overtly Irish, when I dance I don't know what to do with my arms!"

Other celebrity guests spotted were Hunger Games star Alexander Ludwig who spent last year in Ireland filming Vikings.

Megan O'Neill and folk singer Gavin James ended the celebrations singing U2's With or Without You.

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