Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan honoured with top awards at Palm Springs International Film Festival
THE new year has got off to a great start for actress Saoirse Ronan, who is hotly tipped for an Oscar nomination later this month.
The Carlow native was honoured with the Inter- national Star Award for her critically acclaimed role in Brooklyn at a glitzy ceremony in California.
The 21-year-old was at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala to receive her gong.
Also at the ceremony was Kerry actor Michael Fassbender, who was presented with an International Star Award by his Steve Jobs co-star Kate Winslet.
Saoirse and Fassbender were nominated for Golden Globe Awards for their respective movies last month, and she especially is favoured to receive an Oscar nod for Brooklyn, based on the book by Wexford author Colm Toibin.
The actress was praised for her "coming of age" role in the John Crowley film and showed her grown-up side at last night's ceremony, stepping out in a longer-length chiffon floral dress.
She themed the outfit with a pair of strappy sandals and wore her blonde locks pulled back into a loose updo.
Many are predicting she will receive her second Oscar nomination for her performance as a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York, torn between two countries and two men.
As she was presented with her Star Award, she was praised for possessing "the grace and depth of a classic Hollywood screen star".