'Outlander' Star Caitriona Balfe to Be Honored at Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)

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Caitriona Balfe

The actress from Dublin is up for a Golden Globe for a second straight year on Sunday.

Caitriona Balfe, who stars as nurse Claire Randall on the acclaimed hit Starz series Outlander, will be feted at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards next month.

Balfe, a BAFTA Award winner, is up for a Golden Globe on Sunday night; she has been nominated for best performance by an actress in a television series (drama) for a second straight year.

The Oscar Wilde Awards will take place on Feb. 23 at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica, and the filmmaker hosts the casual awards-season event. He directed Balfe in Super 8 in 2011.

Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter from Once who also starred and performed in The Commitments, will be honored as well, and the Irish duo Glenn & Ronan will open for him.

The US-Ireland Alliance created the bash to recognize the contributions of the Irish (and even some who aren’t Irish) in film, television and music.

A Dublin native who also has worked as a model, Balfe has distinguished herself on Ronald D. Moore's Outlander as the heroine Randall, who is transported from the World War II era to Scotland in 1743.

"It's been a great year for Irish actresses, and we're delighted to honor one who is receiving well-deserved recognition for her success in Outlander," Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance, said in a statement. "Given Caitriona's intense schedule of time travel and the cold and rainy Scottish weather, our event should be relaxing for her. The one thing that Outlander and the Oscar Wilde Awards have in common is whiskey."

Balfe, 37, recently appeared in Jodie Foster's Money Monster, and she's been in other films like Escape Plan (2013) and Now You See Me (2013).

 

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