'Just give Saoirse the Oscar already!' - Helen Mirren backs Saoirse Ronan for Best Actress
British actress Helen Mirren is backing Saoirse Ronan to win Best Actress at the Oscars.
Speaking to Woman's Way magazine, the 70-year-old actress said, "Just give her the Oscar already. Because oh my word, Saoirse was absolutely astounding in that film.
"She's outstanding in whatever she does. I'm a big fan.
"It's incredible to have that much power and vulnerability and wisdom at her age, so, so young. It's really remarkable."
Saoirse has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in Brooklyn and is up against some stiff competition including Cate Blanchett for carol, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years, Brie Larson for Room, and Jennifer Lawrence for Joy.
Mirren added that she would like to work with the 21-year-old star in the future.
"I certainly hope that our paths cross professionally some day," she said.
The Oscars take place on February 28 and are the culmination of two months of awards ceremonies at which Saoirse has been a constant presence thanks to nominations for the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics Choice and more.
It's Saoirse's second nomination in the Oscars Best Actress category. She was previously nominated for her role in Atonement in 2007 when she was just 13 years old.
Saoirse currently also features on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside fellow stars including Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, and Jennifer Lawrence.