Saoirse Ronan named Best Actress at New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Saoirse Ronan won the award for Best Actress at the New York Film Critics Awards on Monday night.
The 21-year-old was honoured with the award for her role in period drama Brooklyn.
Ronan, who was born in the Bronx and lived there until she was three, took a moment to admire her parents' bravery for moving to the city, and playfully thanked New York critics for the recognition.
"I'm one of you!" Ronan beamed. "I am from the Bronx, after all. 'Saoirse from the Block' is what they call me," she joked, referencing Jennifer Lopez's Jenny from the Block. "Now, go back to eating your dessert."
Kirsten Stewart won Best Supporting Actress on the night for French film Clouds of Sils Maria and was presented with her gong by Julianne Moore.
The 25-year-old plays Valentine, a personal assistant to a middle-aged movie star in the French drama.
"It means a lot to receive this from you," Stewart said, earning laughs when she quipped: "I've received a lot of MTV Popcorns and stuff like that, but this is a little different."
Irish actress Ronan also made Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In its profile of the 21-year-old, the magazine says that the star "has set critics fluttering with Brooklyn, which many expect will earn her a second Oscar nomination".
She was previously nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2008 for Atonement. This year's Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday January 14.