Tuesday 21 November 2017

Saoirse Ronan is generating serious buzz for another Best Actress Oscar nomination

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The third time might be the charm for Saoirse Ronan.

The 23-year-old actress from Carlow has one of the most enviable careers in film and is widely considered to be a once in a generation talent. Her former co-star Ryan Gosling summed it up best when he recently described her as "Meryl reborn". So it's little surprise that her latest turn in Ladybird, a charming tale centred on teenager Christine "Ladybird" McPherson, played by Ronan, growing up in Sacramento, California.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird

As has come to be expected with this rising star's roles, she has been widely praised for her performance and is emerging as an early frontrunner, at least for a nomination, for a Best Actress Oscar (she earned her first Academy Award nomination for 2007's Atonement and later for 2015's Brooklyn).

Vulture makes a convincing argument in favour of Ronan, saying: "For Ronan to enter this derby with two Oscar nominations already tucked away will only help Lady Bird’s cause: A film others might dismiss as lightweight has heft because Ronan is in it. Those nominations were earned for very different roles, too, and I suspect Oscar voters will be more inclined to see Lady Bird as a similar act of transformation by Ronan, more than they might if a familiar American actress had been cast in the part."

Industry bible Variety also heralded her performance, adding that it "further cements Ronan as one of the great actresses of her generation".

The Atlantic points out the stellar acting across the board, mostly with her onscreen mother, played by Laurie Metcalf, who is also getting early buzz for a Best Supporting Actress nomination, while Greta Gerwig is also hotly tipped for a Best Director nod.

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird

"Lady Bird is undeniably Ronan’s show, and the twice-Oscar-nominated Irish actress tackles Christine’s torrents of dialogue and endless zeal with poise. Lady Bird wouldn’t work if the teenager at its centre weren’t utterly lovable, and Ronan really is, making Christine’s flaws as endearing as her warmth and vulnerability."

The New York Times described it as "big screen perfection", saying: "The script is exceptionally well-written, full of wordplay and lively argument. Every line sounds like something a person might actually say, which means that the movie is also exceptionally well acted."

Similarly, Deadline reviews: "If there is any justice there will be lots of awards recognition for Ronan, who follows her beautiful Oscar-nominated performance in Brooklyn with another every bit its equal."

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