2021 has found its first award show victim, canceling the Oscar Wilde Awards. The awards showcase the Hollywood contribution from Irish artists in mediums of film, television, music, poetry, etc. The awards were first started in 2006, this year will be the first time it has ever not happened. The awards are typically held in Santa Monica at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company with 400+ people in attendance.
With the pandemic numbers peaking, especially in the LA area, US-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo had this to say about the cancelations, “Bringing together 400 people, at this point, would be irresponsible,” she said. Ending on an optimistic note she said, “We look forward to 2022 and the opportunity to gather again to honor the Irish in entertainment.”