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A Wilde Time

| March 30, 2012 | Parties National

THE PARTY Actors and directors, many from the Emerald Isle, gathered on the rooftop of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot studios in Santa Monica for the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s seventh annual celebration, recognizing prominent Irish creatives in the film industry. THE PLAYERS Honorees Michelle Williams and John Logan; guests Colin Farrell, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Kenneth Branagh, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Hylda Queally THE HIGHLIGHTS Filling in for absent honoree Melissa McCarthy, host Abrams took center stage with witty jokes. Williams, who is of Norwegian descent, received honorary Irish status, a title previously conferred on the likes of Paul Rudd and Abrams himself. THE ONE-LINER Screenwriter Logan dedicated a touching acceptance speech to his late father, who introduced the budding young writer to inspiring Shakespeare masterpieces. “He didn’t teach me how to throw a ball but he sure as hell made sure I knew who Shakespeare was,” he said. Photos courtesy of Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images



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