Paula Malcomson, Barry Keoghan to Be Honored at Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)
The 'Ray Donovan' actress and 'Dunkirk' and 'American Animals' actor are the pride of Belfast and Dublin, respectively.
Paula Malcomson, late of Showtime's Ray Donovan, and Barry Keoghan of Dunkirk and Sundance competition entry American Animals are joining Mark Hamill as honorees at the 13th annual Oscar Wilde Awards.
The young Irish band The Academic has been booked to perform at the casual event, set for March 1 — three days before the Academy Awards — at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica. Abrams will emcee as usual.
The always entertaining soiree was launched by the nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance to laud those from Ireland who contribute to the worlds of film, television and music. Hamill, a naive of Oakland, California, is the latest in a line of "honorary Irishmen" that often are saluted.
Malcomson, born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last year completed her fifth year on Liev Schreiber's Ray Donovan as the cancer-stricken wife and mother Abby Donovan.
The 47-year-old actress "held nothing back in this fifth season," Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance, said in a statement. "In a recent interview, Paula said, 'I hope that I ended my tenure on the series on a high note. I did my best. I wanted to get this right.' She did, she did, and she did. We're honored to honor her."
Malcomson recently worked in the U.K. for the first time, starring with Sean Bean on Jimmy McGovern’s new U.K. drama Broken, and she just completed a stint on the BBC series Come Home opposite Christopher Eccleston.
Dublin native Keoghan, 25, will be honored as the "Wilde Card," presented to an up-and-coming Irish talent. (Saoirse Ronan was a recipient of this award in 2010).
Keoghan's American Animals is based on the true story of four college students who stole valuable manuscripts from a university library in Kentucky. The Orchard and MoviePass on Wednesday acquired North American rights to the film, directed by Bart Layton.
Keoghan sailed with Mark Rylance in Christopher Nolan's best picture Oscar nominee Dunkirk, and he's up for an Independent Spirit Award for his turn in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Killing of a Sacred Deer opposite Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.
The Academic — Craig Fitzgerald (vox/guitar), Dean Gavin (drums) and brothers Matt (lead guitar) and Stephen Murtagh (bass) — recently released their debut album, Tales From the Backseat. The rockers have toured with Twenty One Pilots, Noel Gallagher and The Kooks and opened for the likes of The Strokes and Pixies.