Glen Hansard to Be Honored at Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)

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The Dublin-born, Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter from 'Once' also will perform at the awards-season event hosted by J.J. Abrams in Santa Monica.

Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter from Once who also starred and performed in The Commitments, will be honored at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards in February.

The casual event, traditionally held on the Thursday night before the Academy Awards, will take place Feb. 23 at the home of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica. The always entertaining Abrams will emcee as well.

A native of Dublin, Hansard, 46, won his Oscar (shared with singer-pianist Marketa Irglova, his partner in The Swell Season) for their song "Falling Slowly" from John Carney's Once (2007). They also starred in the BAFTA-winning film.

The folk troubadour also was a producer, composer and lyricist for the 2012 musical stage adaptation of the film. Written by Enda Walsh, the Broadway adaptation received 11 Tony Award nominations and took home eight trophies, including the one for best musical, and a Grammy Award.

A founder of the Irish band The Frames, Hansard first came to international attention when he played guitarist Outspan Foster in Alan Parker's The Commitments (1991).

Hansard will perform at the Oscar Wilde Awards, said Trina Vargo, the president of the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, which created the bash to recognize the contributions of the Irish (and even some who aren’t Irish) in film, television and music.

"Our guests well remember the incredible, impromptu performance Glen and Marketa gave at our 2008 event, days before they won the Academy Award," said Vargo. "We also honored James L. Brooks that year, which led him to make a special episode of The Simpsons about an Irish pub." (Hansard had a voice role in that episode).

Hansard recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin’ Nowhere" for the 2007 film I’m Not There and has toured and/or performed with the likes of Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Eddie Vedder.

The U.S.-Ireland Alliance also is known for its prestigious and extremely competitive George J. Mitchell Scholarship program, which sends future American leaders to Ireland for a year of study.

Other Oscar Wilde honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Among those saluted in previous years were Daisy Ridley, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Hylda Queally, Seamus McGarvey, Sarah Bolger, James Corden, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Colm Meaney, Van Morrison, Terry George, Neil Jordan and late THR writer Steve Brennan.