The second Annual Oscar Wilde party took place in LA with lots of awards and surprise guests

Julia Roberts was a surprise guest at the annual Oscar Wilde event in LA, held each year to celebrate Irish cinema talent.

The Oscar winning actress was there to present actor Paul Rudd with an ‘Honorary Irishman’ award. 19 year old Tudors/In America star Sarah Bolger was also honored, alongside husband and wife team John and Ros Hubbard who cast Alan Parker’s ‘The Commitments’.

Julia Roberts joked about the suitability of Paul Rudd getting the honor before her. “Maybe I can become Irish – my middle name is Fiona, which is a step closer to being Irish than Paul Rudd was five minutes ago,” joked the actress.
Rudd admitted he always wanted to be Irish after seeing The Pogues, he recalled the recent death of his father, whose ashes they scattered in Ireland.
This is the second year of the awards, last years event honored Carlow-born actress Saoirse Ronan and also made an honorary Irish man of J.J Abrams, who was presented with the award by surprise guest Tom Cruise.

Click here to read about Tom Cruise’s appearance at the Oscar Wilde awards last year.