Director Jim Sheridan tips star of 'Brooklyn' for Oscar nomination
Jim Sheridan is confident that Saoirse Ronan will win gold for her role in hit movie
The country's 'master storyteller', Jim Sheridan, is now tipping Hollywood firefly Saoirse Ronan to bring home the gold in this year's Oscar race.
Sheridan last week raised yet another gong aloft, the Legend award at the Capri-Hollywood Film Festival'on the Italian island.
He believes the future of the Irish film industry now lies in the capable hands of the 21-year-old Brooklyn star, who is nominated for the best actress gong for the second time in her relatively short career at tonight's Golden Globe awards.
The Carlow star has received high praise for her role as the young Irish emigrant in the big-screen adaptation of Colm Tóibín's novel set in the 1950s.
She took home the prestigious best actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) last week, as well as earning a Bafta nomination for best actress. She previously set awards season alight at just 13 years of age, when she was also nominated for an Oscar for her part in Atonement.
Nominations for the Oscars will be announced, Thursday.
"It's great this year. The Irish are doing so well," the Brothers director told the Sunday Independent. "I am confident Saoirse will get nominated."
Other Irish hopefuls have been dropped into the Oscar-buzz mix.
Author Emma Donoghue and Michael Fassbender have already secured nominations for tonight's Golden Globes and also announced as Bafta contenders.
Emma has been nominated for the 'Best Screenplay' in the two awards ceremonies for her silver-screen adaptation of her bestselling novel Room, about a woman readjusting to life after being held captive.
The film, nominated for the Golden Globe in the 'Best Motion Picture-Drama' category, was directed by Trinity graduate and Dublin native Lenny Abrahamson and stars Brie Larson in the lead.
Larson will go head to head with Ronan in the Best Actress in a Drama category tonight and at the Baftas next month.
Michael Fassbender has also been nominated for the 'Best Actor' prize in his autobiographical role as Steve Jobs. Both Larson, Donoghue and Fassbender are also favourites to secure Oscar nominations on Thursday.
"I am confident Saoirse and Brie Larson will get nominated for the Oscar," Jim declares.
"I think Brooklyn and Room have a good chance of getting nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards. So, it is a great year for the Irish."
The Dubliner is no stranger to the Oscar red carpet himself, having been nominated six times.