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Star attraction: Saoirse Ronan is no stranger to the dazzling spectacle of the Oscars ceremony

Star attraction: Saoirse Ronan is no stranger to the dazzling spectacle of the Oscars ceremony

Star attraction: Saoirse Ronan is no stranger to the dazzling spectacle of the Oscars ceremony

Saoirse Ronan is preparing for the Oscars red carpet and ceremony tomorrow with the help of her mother.

Monica Ronan has travelled to the United States while dad Paul Ronan remains filming 'Fair City' in Ireland.

It is the fourth time the actress has been nominated for an Academy Award, this time for her role as Jo March in director Greta Gerwig's adaptation of 'Little Women'.

She is nominated amongst Hollywood A-listers Scarlett Johansson who appears in 'Marriage Story', Charlize Theron in 'Bombshell', Cynthia Erivo who stars in 'Harriet' and tipped-to-win Renée Zellweger in 'Judy'.

Unluckily for Ronan, she has already lost out for both the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice best actress awards to Zellweger.

Ronan received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 12 for her role in 'Atonement' and is among one of the youngest to have been ever nominated for an Academy Award.

She was then nominated in 2015 and 2017 for the Best Actress award in 'Brooklyn' and 'Lady Bird'.

The 25-year-old actress will be supported by her mum and friends tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

Following the Golden Globe win in 2018 for 'Lady Bird', mum Monica spoke to the Irish Independent of her immense pride for her daughter.

"I am so happy for her," she said.

"She's my best friend, my rock, we're a team and I couldn't be more proud of her achievements in life as a young woman.

"She makes me beam every day with pride."

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However, her film star daughter will not be the only Irish name making waves at the ceremony as conductor Eimear Noone will be the first woman to lead the orchestra.

Speaking on RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy show yesterday, she said that conducting in the Oscars is a "pinch me" moment.

"It's very real now and we've already started rehearsing and you kind of have to pinch yourself because it is what I thought it was," said Noone.

"It's been a pure joy, a really, really positive experience."

She spoke of the ordeal of getting her designer dress through Dublin Airport and carrying it on the plane.

"Claire Garvey's creation took on a life of its own," she explained.

"I was going through Dublin Airport with it and it's heavy and I can't fold it and I couldn't pack it in a case.

"When we got to the gate they lifted it like a child onto the plane," she laughed.


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