Carrie Fisher to Be Honored at Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)
It will be a 'Star Wars' reunion for the actress and the event’s host, director J.J. Abrams.
Carrie Fisher has joined the list of honorees at the 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which will be hosted by her Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams on Feb. 19 in Santa Monica.
The nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance created the party — held each year the Thursday before the Academy Awards — to recognize the contributions of the Irish in film and television. Fisher, born in Beverly Hills to actress Debbie Reynolds and entertainer Eddie Fisher, is the latest in the line of “honorary” Irish to take the podium.
“My great, great, fabulous grandfather Burt McReynolds from the county Donegal was wrongfully accused of being a horse thief, a case of mistaken identity,” Fisher told US-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo.
“But rather than put his family through the rigors of a trial to clear the family name, he emigrated to America, dropped the ‘Mc’ in the ocean, became Burt Reynolds and the rest is history…and incredibly boring. Thankfully, my mother changed all that and gave our family name a kick in the pants that it might or might not deserve.”
Abrams once again will preside over the casual event at his Bad Robot production company. Fisher, of course, returns as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters in December.
Honorary Irishman Stephen Colbert and painter Colin Davidson of Northern Ireland also will be saluted, and Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O'Neill will perform.