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Lenny Abrahamson, riding high with an Academy Award nomination for his direction of Room, will be among those honored at the 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards next month.
The Dublin-born helmer will be saluted alongside actresses Daisy Ridley of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Sarah Greene of Penny Dreadful, The Late Late Show host James Corden and Northern Ireland rockers Snow Patrol on Feb. 25 — three days before the Oscars — at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production offices in Santa Monica.
The nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance created the casual event to recognize the contributions of the Irish (and even some who aren’t Irish) in film and television.
Abrahamson, 49, also has directed Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), What Richard Did (2012) and Frank (2014), which starred Michael Fassbender as a musician who wears a giant, round mask on his head.
The filmmaker attended Trinity College in Dublin as a physics and philosophy student and co-founded, with Room producer Ed Guiney, the Trinity Video Society.
Abrahamson filmed Room in 49 days in Toronto. The drama, about a woman and her child kept in captivity for nearly a decade, also has received Oscar noms for best picture, actress (Brie Larson) and adapted screenplay (Emma Donoghue).
“While Abrahamson was known in Ireland and certain film circles, it is great to see him get this deserved recognition on an international stage,” Trina Vargo, founder of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, said in a statement.
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