US actress Michelle Williams has become the first “honorary Irishwoman” to win an Oscar Wilde award for her role in My Week With Marilyn.

The Oscar-nominated star picked up the award at the ceremony on Thursday, which celebrates Irish cinema talent.

She was honoured alongside other Academy Award nominees John Logan, screenwriter of Hugo, and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy.

Williams said she was “honoured” to receive the prize.

The Oscar Wilde awards, named after the famed Irish writer, were created by the nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance.

Not being born in Ireland is no barrier to accepting an award as, in previous years, the organisation has honoured stars such as Paul Rudd and James L Brooks who have no Irish connections.

Williams, who is of Scandinavian descent, is the first woman to have received the Irish accolade. Logan said the actress was still eligible for the prize because being Irish means “an incandescent twinkle in the eye, the love of mad poetry and more than anything a generosity of spirit”. Williams, who is nominated for the best actress Oscar, faces competition from Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara and Glenn Close at Sunday’s ceremony. “I consider it [the award] is from a land and from a people who are known for poetry, for literature and lore, for myth and legend. Being in a business that is about story-telling, I’m honoured to be acknowledged by the original story-tellers,” she said.                  –BBC