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Rockers Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland will be honored and perform at the 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, it was announced Monday.
The nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, which created the bash to recognize the contributions of the Irish in entertainment, last month said that Londoner James Corden, host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, will be feted as an “honorary Irishman” at the Feb. 25 event.
Irish singer Roisin O also will perform, and additional announcements are expected, said Trina Vargo, founder and president of the Washington-based U.S.-Ireland Alliance.
The party once again will be hosted by J.J. Abrams — who filmed a bit of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Skellig Michael, off the western coast of Ireland — at his Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica.
Snow Patrol — singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist Tom Simpson — have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, with hits including “Run,” “Chocolate” and “Chasing Cars.”
Vargo said she’s hoping for a “strong Irish presence in L.A. this year, with lots of Oscar buzz” around Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, both of Dublin, and the John Crowley-directed Brooklyn, starring former Oscar Wilde honoree Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant in the 1950s.
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