Two Oscars and a WIN for Outlander

Photo: Stunning Cait and Sam at the Oscars Vanity Fair party Feb 26, 2017; Hannah Thomson

Outlander has had a flurry of awards activity recently including nominations for awards, winning awards, and attending awards parties. It’s hard to keep up! Here’s a look at the most recent happenings…

Sunday night (Feb 26) Sam and Cait attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party (with their respective dates). I assume they also attended the actual awards event as well. Here they are looking very glam…

Could Cait be any more gorgeous?? She’s positively glowing. I think all of these photos belong to Gettyimages (even though they say Just Jared)


Sam, looking dapper and sporting the man bun…

 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

A candid of Cait with boyfriend Tony McGill at the VF party

Cait with fellow Irish actress, Ruth Negga

Earlier in the weekend Sam and MacKenzie attended the Motion Picture Television Fund fundraising event together, looking very happy and relaxed here ?

This shot was taken at the Piaget party on Feb 24 (details below)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Mackenzie Mauzy and Sam Heughan attend a cocktail party to kick-off Independent Spirit Awards and Oscar weekend hosted by Piaget and The Weinstein Company on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Earlier that day, United Talent Agency, which reps Sam, decided to do a rally instead of an Oscar party, and Sam and MacKenzie participated. Here are some shots and a wee video… Apparently the rally welcomed Trump supporters and opposers alike, which is great. 

Cait was honored recently at the Oscar Wilde awards.

Because I’m the curious type, I wanted to see if there is a tie between the two namesakes. Here’s what I found…

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the origins of the name are uncertain, but “a popular story has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought the award resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar.” 

Guess not… however Oscar Wilde was indeed a fascinating character. To read about him CLICK HERE 

The 12th annual awards ceremony was hosted by director, producer, writer, and composer JJ Abrams (who is Jewish). Abrams has filmed extensively in Ireland, and has apparently fallen in love with the place.  He is also married to a woman of Irish decent. Furthering the Outlander ties, he directed two of the Star Trek films <click>. The Oscar Wilde Awards is a U.S.-Ireland Alliance event, founded by Trina Vargo, and was designed to honor Irish talent in entertainment.

Here’s a brief Xposé interview with Cait, Martin Short, and JJ Abrams. Being of Irish decent myself, I’m loving the interviewer making it work in her jeans! 

 Tony accompanied Cait for this event as well…

Here is a red carpet interview via New Glasgow Girls

And her acceptance speech, Outlander America

Cait (below) with other honorees: Glen Hansard, Martin Short, and Zachary Quinto. Photo: Gettyimages

(above) Zachary Quinto, Cait, and Ruth Negga 

Cait on her award… “I grew up in the Irish countryside, but there’s such an amazing tradition in Ireland of storytelling, and even though my dad was a policeman, he and his friends used to put on plays and sketches, so it was something that I was surrounded by all my childhood, and it was always something that I wanted to do,” she says.

“J.J. [Abrams] gave me my first job in the U.S., so it’s quite a nice full circle event to be a part of,” Balfe says of the honor. “It was quite a small role, I played a mom in flashbacks, but for my first job it was such a big thing, and I remember going down to Virginia and meeting J.J. and we chatted for a few hours. He’s such an interesting guy, and he was telling me about how he started filmmaking when he was a kid.”


Earlier this year, Outlander received nominations for three WIN awards by the Women’s Image Network (WIN). WIN was founded in ’93 by filmmaker Phyllis Stuart to promote gender parity. The organization produced The Women’s Image Awards (AKA The WIN Awards). The WIN Awards celebrate men and women who create media which increases the value of women and girls. The awards were designed to honor media artists and to help expand the role of women in the world.

Toni, Diana, and Maril attended the event this year.

This is the 18th WIN Awards (which is a little confusing, since it’s 2017), but Outlander received the following nominations: Diana, for writing episode 211 “Vengeance is Mine” (think Murtagh and the Duke of Sandringham ?⚰), Cait for outstanding actress in a drama series, and the show itself for outstanding drama series, episode (the finale) 213, “Dragonfly in Amber.”

And the winner is… Outlander for Dragonfly in Amber. Toni and Maril accepted the award. 

Congrats to everyone on the show for these wins, and all of the others not covered here! 



WIN Awards: En.wikipedia

Caitriona quote Source: Variety

Origin of Oscars Source: Info Please

J J Abrams Source: Wikipedia

18 comments on “Two Oscars and a WIN for Outlander

  1. A Rally welcoming Trump and other supporters I don’t understand this?? I follow them close and have praised their intelligent opinions and women’s rights and clung to the hope that my Outlander Family could see our struggle ad despair in the U.S. I feel hurt and disappointed by this.

    • Hi Pamela, the majority of people there were rallying for things like equality, tolerance, etc. I only saw one Trump supporter present. BUT I think it’s great that there was tolerance for that person to exercise his/her rights as well. It goes both ways, right?

  2. Just thought you should know that the Bafta 2013 picture is not Mackenzie Mauzy, but Joanna Vanderham. I’ve seen the picture numerous times on websites saying its Mackenzie Mauzy, but the Bafta Scotland 2103 pictures list says Joanna Vanderham. Here are some pictures of Joanna Vanderham including the one from the Baftas under her social register page.

  3. No, they did not attend the Academy Awards ceremony. Unless you are a nominee or a presenter, there’s no reason to go.

    • Judianne, interesting, so people don’t ever go just to watch the show? I guess the parties are good publicity and networking, and the show _is_ very long.

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