Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan and Room's Brie Larson to share award from Santa Barbara Film Festival
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will share an award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival with US star Brie Larson.
Ronan (21) is being honoured for her performance in Irish flick Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibin's best-selling novel.
Larson (26) has been garnering attention for her performance in Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's Room, which is based on the novel by Irish author Emma Donoghue.
Both actresses have generated Oscar buzz for their respective performances with Ronan starring as a young Irish emigrant torn between loves in New York and Ireland and Larson playing a young mother of one who has been confined to a tiny room for years by her kidnapper.
Executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Roger Durling said, “We’ve long been following the careers of Brie and Saoirse and their recent roles as empowered young women transcend time, place and circumstance.”
Larson took to Twitter to congratulate Ronan and express her delight.
"Couldn't be happier to be sharing the Virtuoso Award @SBIFF with my bad ass friend and partner in crime Saoirse Ronan!!! AAHH!"
She added, "Wait. I was so excited to get to hang with Saoirse I didn't realize we are receiving OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR?!!WHAT."
Last year the award was won by Steve Carell for his mesmerizing turn in Foxcatcher.
Both actresses will be honoured at the ceremony on February 8. Room will release in Ireland on January 29.