Oscar parties: Irish Film Board

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Irish invasion: Skybar at West Hollywood's ultrachic Mondrian hotel was the scene Wednesday, when a gathering of Gaels celebrated the Oscars and the Irish Film Board's new Los Angeles office. Irish producers including World 2000 Entertainment's Morgan O'Sullivan (who is excited about bringing in "The Tudors" for Showtime), Element Pictures' Andrew Lowe (the upcoming "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" for U.S. distrib IFC First Take) and his Hells Kitchen International business partner Arthur Lappin were among those tippling around the pool. It was Thursday night, however, that really saw the stars turn out to watch legendary musician Van Morrison rock the house for nearly an hour during the U.S.-Ireland Alliance's second annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Departed" screenwriter William Monahan and writer-director Terry George (2004's "Hotel Rwanda") mingled with Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Rachel Griffiths and music producer David Foster. Joining Van Morrison onstage was his daughter, Shana, R&B legend Solomon Burke, Chieftains frontman Paddy Moloney and singer Maura O'Connell.    

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