Filmmaker Adam McKay to be honored at Oscar Wilde Awards
October 20, 2021

Filmmaker Adam McKay to be honored at Oscar Wilde Awards

SANTA MONICA, CA — Bad Robot ( will host the US-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on March 24, 2022, where Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer Adam McKay will be honored. The event will take place the Thursday before the Academy Awards, and JJ Abrams will once again serve as emcee.

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“We’re thrilled to be honoring Adam,” says Trina Vargo, founder and president of the US-Ireland Alliance. “A great storyteller, of course he’s Irish. On the maternal side of his family, Adam has roots in Cork, and his paternal side are from Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. He even has a home in Ireland.”

McKay's upcoming work includes the Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio. Don’t Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn of an approaching comet that will destroy Earth. The film will open in select theaters on December 10th and will be available on Netflix from December 24th.

McKay’s 2018 feature Vice, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams, went on to receive many accolades, including eight Academy Award nominations, six Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, and a DGA nomination for McKay. The WGA honored McKay with the Paul Selvin Award that recognizes a script that best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties. 

In 2015, McKay and Charles Randolph adapted Michael Lewis’s New York Times best-selling book, The Big Short. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, the film went on to receive much critical acclaim as well as Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, and won the 2016 PGA for Best Picture. McKay earned Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, and he and Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, WGA and USC Scripter Awards. 

Recent film work includes his role as an executive producer on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart (2019), Netflix’s hit show Dead to Me (2019) and writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019). Upcoming film projects include The Menu, Fresh and Bad Blood.

For television, McKay serves as an executive producer on the HBO show Succession. McKay directed the pilot, for which he won the 2018 DGA Award for Drama Series. Upcoming television projects include the HBO drama series Untitled Lakers Project. In addition, McKay and Bong Joon Ho are partnering to develop an HBO limited series inspired by Bong Joon Ho’s Academy Award Best Picture Parasite. McKay’s production company, Hyperobject Industries, has a wide-ranging focus from comedies, dramas, horror, documentaries, and documentary-series, as well as politically charged and challenging subjects.