Kerry Condon, Jessie Buckley, Eve Hewson and ‘The Quiet Girl’ to be honored by US-Ireland Alliance at Oscar Wilde Awards

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Kerry Condon [Courtesy photo]

Irish actors Kerry Condon, Jessie Buckley and Eve Hewson will be honored at the US-Ireland Alliance’s 17th annual Oscar Wilde Awards.

In addition, “An Cailín Ciúin” (or “The Quiet Girl”), the first Irish-language film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature, will be recognized at the event.

The Oscar Wilde Awards return March 9 to J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica, California.

Condon stars opposite Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in Martin McDonagh’s celebrated 2022 film “The Banshees of Inisherin,” garnering rave reviews for her performance in the film.

“Kerry’s performance is a tour de force,” said Trina Vargo, founder and president of the US-Ireland Alliance, in a statement.

Born in Tipperary, Ireland, Condon was previously seen in McDonagh’s Academy Award-winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and she originated the role of Mairead in McDonagh’s play “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. In 2009, she appeared in McDonagh’s play “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” for which she won a Drama Desk award.

On television, Condon appeared in the third season of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” as well as the series’ follow-up movie. Previously, she starred in the lead role in Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Women on the Verge,” and she had a recurring role in “Better Call Saul” and co-starred in HBO’s “Luck” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

She also lends her voice to the role of Friday in three “Avengers” films.

Condon will next be seen in the upcoming thriller “In the Land of Saints and Sinners,” alongside Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds.

Jessie Buckley [Courtesy photo]

The Killarney-born Buckley stars in Sarah Polley’s acclaimed 2022 film “Women Talking,” alongside Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara and Claire Foy.

Buckley appears with Riz Ahmed in Apple TV+ and Christos Nikou’s sci-fi romance “Fingernails,” and she will reunite with Oscar winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) in “Wicked Little Letters.”

Last year, Buckley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance opposite Colman in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter.” She also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” opposite Eddie Redmayne in London’s West End.

Buckley was recently seen in A24 and Alex Garland’s “Men,” alongside Rory Kinnear. In 2020, she starred in Noah Hawley’s “Fargo” on FX. Her performance in Netflix and Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” alongside Jesse Plemons, garnered her a Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination for Best Actress.

In 2018, Buckley starred in Tom Harper’s “Wild Rose,” for which she earned a Best Actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards and won the Best Actress award for BAFTA Scotland. In 2019, she starred in Rupert Goold’s “Judy,” alongside Renee Zellweger, and appeared opposite Emily Watson and Jared Harris in the HBO and Sky Atlantic Emmy-nominated series, “Chernobyl.”

Buckley had her first starring role in Michael Pearce’s BAFTA-nominated “Beast.” The film opened to rave reviews in 2018, and Buckley won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards and Best British or Irish Actress at the Critics Circle Awards.

“When Jessie started her career, Andrew Lloyd Webber said that Jessie is ‘an extraordinary artist. She must not be allowed to be meddled with.’ Her incredible, authentic performances show that she hasn’t been,” Vargo said in a statement.

Eve Hewson, will be honored at the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards with the Wilde Card Award. [Courtesy photo]

Hewson will be honored at the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards with the Wilde Card Award. Vargo said in a statement that “the Wilde Card has been used to bring attention to rising talent who may not yet be a household name, but who we expect will be.” The first such award was presented in 2010 to Saoirse Ronan.

Hewson plays the lead opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Once” director John Carney’s new movie “Flora and Son,” which marked its world premiere in January at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

She also stars in Apple TV+’s hit dark comedy series “Bad Sisters,” which recently received a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Drama Series. Adapted by and co-starring Sharon Horgan, the Dublin-set series has been renewed for a second season.

In 2021, Hewson starred in Netflix’s highly rated limited series “Behind her Eyes.” She also received rave reviews for her performance in Claire McCarthy’s miniseries “The Luminaries,” which debuted in summer 2020 on BBC.

Her past credits also include Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated “Bridge of Spies,” opposite Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance; Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said,” opposite James Gandolfini and Julia Louis Dreyfus; and Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place,” opposite Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.

She made her big-screen debut in Erica Dunton’s acclaimed indie hit “The 27 Club,” which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. On the small screen, Hewson starred in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” opposite Clive Owen.

“The Quiet Girl” director Colm Bairéad and producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí are expected to be on hand to accept the special recognition for the film, which is based on Claire Keegan’s novella “Foster.”

“For ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ to be in the final five, in a category with more than 90 eligible films, is a massive achievement. It’s lovely to see Irish language films receiving more attention and recognition – last year our rising talent award was given to Dónall Ó Héalai who starred in another excellent Irish language film, ‘Arracht,'” Vargo said in a statement.

A lively, casual party, the Oscar Wilde Awards celebrate the Irish in entertainment and annually take place on the Thursday before the Academy Awards, which this year are March 12. Last year, Ken Branagh’s film “Belfast” figured prominently, with Branagh and Jamie Dornan being honored.

Popular Irish band The Coronas will perform at this year’s event. For more information, go to


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