Irish actors, agent set for pre-Oscar honors

Colin Farrell, Hylda Queally among recipients

Irish actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and CAA agent Hylda Queally will be honored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance at its fourth annual "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film" pre-Oscar ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles.

Kate Winslet will present Irish-born Queally with her award.

Hosted by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, the event is designed to bring together leaders in the Irish and U.S. film, music and entertainment communities.

"We are delighted to honor three such outstanding Irish actors, all of whom have prolific careers and an abundance of acclaimed roles," U.S.-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo said.

"(Queally) has succeeded brilliantly in what is known to be a very tough business and we welcome the opportunity to recognize her success," Vargo added. "I had to work to convince her to allow us to honor her as she is a private person who is very focused on promoting those she represents. It helped once she learned what the U.S.-Ireland Alliance and the event are all about. "

Previous honorees include James L. Brooks, Colm Meaney, Fiona Shaw, Van Morrison, Terry George, Bill Monahan, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan and David Holmes.

Ireland will be represented at the Oscars by the short film "New Boy," which is nominated in the best live-action short film category. Other Irish interests include Martin McDonagh, who has been nominated for best original screenplay for "In Bruges"; and Nathan Crowley, nominated in production design for his work on "The Dark Knight."
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