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A very sexy Colin Farrell suited up last night in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was honored at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance Award ceremony.
Held at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Production studio, the 2013 Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film pre-Oscars event included a slew of Hollywood talent and over 400 guests.
Partygoers were in great spirits (thanks, in part, to an amazing whiskey tasting bar sponsored by Tullamore D.E.W.!), and the jovial audience laughed and cheered as Farrell, Abrams, Michael Burns and Michele Burke took the podium and spoke during the night.
"It's lovely! I mean it's better than getting a slap in the face and told you're crap," Farrell joked of his honor on the red carpet. "I don't really understand it, maybe my mother and father should be getting honored instead, it is their fault I am Irish," he added with a smile.
Later in the night, the Total Recall star took the stage to accept his award after an introduction from director Jim Sheridan, who couldn't help poke fun at Colin's wild-boy past while praising the Irish star, "In Ireland we admire Daniel Day-Lewis, we respect Liam Neeson but we love Colin," he said.
"In case Donald Trump is here, I brought my birth certificate," Colin quipped as he took the stage.
So what else when down at the brilliant and boozy Irish bash? Here's the scoop:
Outdoor Ambiance: Guests braved the Santa Monica winds on the rooftop of Bad Robot at the two-story outdoor event (the ceremony took place up top). Despite dozens of heat lamps, California girls were shaking and shivering in their open-toe shoes, and the alcohol was flowing as guests tried to keep warm.
Tasty Treats: Stars noshed on mini sandwiches, lamb stew, Irish sliders (a mini beef patty on a sliced potato), cheese, bruschetta and bread, and of course, there was a full bar to complement the hors d'oeuvres. Later in the night, caterers served brownies and cookies with little shot glasses full of milk. Too cute!
Vacation Giveaways: All guests were eligible to win a free trip to Ireland, and former O.C. actor Peter Gallagher scored the coveted prize. "I never win anything!" he was overheard saying as he stepped up to take his party token.
Irish Tunes: The event featured performances by up-and-coming Irish musicians, including Julie Feeney, Declan O'Rourke and Heathers. "It's wonderful to perform live in L.A.," Feeney said on the carpet, noting that her music is not yet released in the states. "I definitely want to come here again, there's a totally different energy."
Who's Who of Hollywood: Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Warren Beatty, and Annette Bening were just a few of the A-list guests. Top talent agents and network execs including HBO president Len Amato, Summit Entertainment CEO Rob Friedman and Irish Film board CEO James Hickey also attended.