Outlander star Caitriona Balfe will be honored with an Oscar Wilde Award during the 2017 US-Ireland Alliance event set for February 23rd. This year’s awards ceremony will be emceed by filmmaker J. J. Abrams, with the ceremony taking place at Abrams’ Bad Robot headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. In addition to Balfe, Glen Hansard will pick up an award and is confirmed to perform.
Announcing Balfe’s award, US-Ireland Alliance Founder Trina Vargo stated, “It’s been a great year for Irish actresses and we’re delighted to honor one who is receiving well-deserved recognition for her success in Outlander. Given Caitriona’s intense schedule of time travel, and the cold and rainy Scottish weather, our event should be relaxing for her. The one thing that Outlander and the Oscar Wilde Awards have in common is whiskey.”
In addition to Outlander, Balfe’s credits include Money Monster, Escape Plan, Now You See Me, Super 8, The Price of Desire, and Crush.
Caitriona Balfe stars as Claire Fraser in Starz’ popular Outlander series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon. Starz hasn’t officially announced the season three premiere date, however they have released the upcoming season’s synopsis:
Outlander Season 3 – The story picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?