Kenneth Branagh will miss this year’s Oscar Wilde Awards, due on Thursday, after testing positive for Covid-19.
The award-winning director was set to attend the ceremony, which comes just days before the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and honors Irish filmmaking.
The stars of his Oscar-nominated film Belfast, Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe are expected, with Dornan also honored and presenting Balfe.
It is understood Branagh plans to broadcast a recorded acceptance speech.
He was also unable to perform at a Producers Guild Awards (PGA) event on Saturday and instead attended virtually.
Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay, who is up against Branagh or Best Picture at Sunday’s Oscars, will also be honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards.
Balfe is a previous winner of an Oscar Wilde award and will present the Wilde Card award to rising Irish actor Dónall Ó Héalai.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 24 at the Ebell of Los Angeles after the venue was previously moved due to coronavirus concerns.
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