Saoirse the big winner but brushes off talk of Oscars
Saoirse Ronan may be considered a front-runner in the 2016 Oscar derby but the rising ingénue is determined not to let award season hearsay go to her head.
The 21-year-old star was awarded the Best Actress gong at the Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) in London this week for her role in 'Brooklyn' pipping Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling and Alicia Vikander to the post.
But Ronan was determined not to engage in Oscar speculation.
Asked which designer label she planned on wearing to the 2016 Academy Awards she replied; "No, shush. No, I don't . . . haven't thought about any of that stuff."
When quizzed over what diet regime she would commit to in the run up to LA awards season she said; "I don't think about any of that. I love my grub."
The Carlow native was thrilled to receive the MBIFA award and credited author Colm Toibin and screenwriter Nick Hornby for the strong role of Eilis.
"I got an amazing role to play. I was given the opportunity to honour a journey and a story that's very close to me," she said in her acceptance speech.
Ronan wasn't the only Irish star to pick up an award at the ceremony.
Brendan Gleeson won best supporting actor for his role in 'Suffragette'.
Gleeson's prize was picked up in his absence by his son Domhnall, who was nominated in the same category for his role in 'Brooklyn'.
"Thank you for giving it not to me but to my f**king father," he joked as he collected the award.
Domhnall also accepted Tom Hardy's Best Actor award for 'Legend' as the star was not there on the night.
Hardy beat Irish actor Colin Farrell who had been nominated for his role in Yorgos Lanthimos' quirky futuristic love story 'The Lobster'.
Meanwhile, Lenny Abrahamson's 'Room' starring Brie Larson was named Best International Independent Film beating critically acclaimed films 'Carol', 'Force Majeure' and 'Son of Saul'.
It was a star-studded evening with Julie Walters, Anne-Marie Duff, Chiwetel Ejiofo, model Agyness Deyn and Helena Bonham Carter all attending the black tie event.
CEO of the Irish Film Board James Hickey sent congratulations to the filmmakers and actors.
"It is wonderful to see such films as 'The Lobster', 'Brooklyn' and 'Room' honoured this evening amongst the very best in independent film-making," he said.
"In what has been a terrific year for Irish film to date, these awards are testament to the wealth of Irish talent and to what can be achieved through international co-productions."