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Colin Farrell to be Saluted at Pre-Oscar Irish in Film Event (Exclusive)

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The Dublin-born actor is set for the bash that takes place at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica.

Colin Farrell will be honored at the eighth annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film event in February at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.

Heathers, a Dublin-based acoustic indie folk duo led by twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara, will perform at the awards season shindig, Trina Vargo, president of US-Ireland Alliance, told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

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A native of Dublin, the 36-year-old Farrell now appears in Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths after starring in this summer's Total Recall remake.

His upcoming projects include Dead Man Down, a mob drama directed by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Niels Arden Oplev and also starring that film's star, Noomi Rapace; the animated Epic; Winter's Tale, from writer Akiva Goldsman in his feature directorial debut; and Saving Mr. Banks, opposite Tom Hanks.

The Irish in Film party is set for Feb. 21 in its traditional spot on the Thursday night before the Academy Awards.

The nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance created the event to recognize the contributions of the Irish in film and television and to allow for people in the creative industries in the U.S. and Ireland to meet once a year.

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Other honorees are still to be announced.

Among those previously feted were Abrams, Michelle Williams, Hylda Queally, Seamus McGarvey, Sarah Bolger, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Colm Meaney, Van Morrison, Terry George, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan and late THR writer Steve Brennan.

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