Irish starlet Saoirse tipped for Atonement Oscar glory
IRISH teenage actress Saoirse Ronan is being heavily tipped for an Oscar for her role in Atonement.
The 13-year-old actress is being tipped as a strong contender for the Best Supporting Actress for the Oscars which will be held next February. The list of nominees will be announced early in the New Year.
Saoirse, who hails from Co Carlow, received critical acclaim for her role as Briony Tallis and was well able to hold her own with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the tearjerker.
Now it appears Hollywood has noticed too, with the influential Hollywood Reporter magazine tipping Saoirse for Oscar success.
In Atonement, Ronan plays a young girl whose overactive imagination leads to tragedy in the movie, which is adapted from the wartime novel by Ian McEwan.
The schoolgirl from Ardattin, Co Carlow, made her acting debut aged nine in RTE series The Clinic, and Atonement is one of four major movies under her belt -- all set for release in the coming months.
She plays Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter in I Could Never be Your Woman, and she appears in Death Defying Acts with Catherine Zeta Jones and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with Joely Richardson.
She has also just started shooting sci-fi film City of Ember with Tom Hanks and Bill Murray.
Asked if she had any advice for her young co-star, Knightley said: "I take advice from Saoirse, I wouldn't dream of giving it to her!"
James McAvoy added: "She's got her head screwed on; she's incredibly talented and her mum and dad are amazing. I think she'll be fine."