Kenneth Branagh to miss Oscars Wilde Awards due to COVID – The Hollywood Reporter

Kenneth Branagh, the Belfast The writer, director and producer will not attend the Oscars Wilde Awards on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, the event organizer says The Hollywood Reporter.

Branagh, who is up for three Oscars – for directing, original screenplay and best picture – on Sunday, was going to stop by the Oscar Wilde event to be honored alongside Belfast actor Jamie Dornan, Don’t look up writer-director Adam McKay and Irish actor Dónall Ó Héalai.

Irish-American Alliance President Trina Vargo, who organizes the show that honors Irish contributions to Hollywood in film, television and music, said Branagh will record his acceptance speech and will be shown to attendees at the Ebell in Los Angeles.

Branagh was unable to make a scheduled appearance on a panel at the annual PGA Breakfast on Saturday; instead, he participated virtually.

On March 13, Branagh attended the BAFTAs in London, and that event is blamed for a string of positive tests among awards season attendees. He was in isolation in New York, where he arrived on March 15 and tested positive.

Concerns over COVID-19 caused the 16th Annual Wilde Oscars to move from the offices of Bad Robot, the production company of JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath, to the larger Ebell, where it was held from 2006 to 2011 The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.