Saoirse Ronan lands BAFTA nomination as she's hailed Irish 'Meryl Streep' following Golden Globe win
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has landed yet another nomination this awards season.
The 23-year-old has earned another BAFTA nomination in the Best Actress category, which was announced this morning, competing against fellow 'it' actresses this season - Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Annette Bening for Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water.
It comes after she took home the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical category at Sunday night's Golden Globes, an early indicator of future winners over the coming months.
Gary Oldman will compete with Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya and Jamie Bell for the leading actor prize at the Bafta film awards.
Oldman, who has been critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, will take on the stars of Phantom Thread, Get Out and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool respectively, as well as US actor Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name.
The Shape Of Water, a fantasy romance directed by Guillermo Del Toro, leads the nominations at the 2018 awards with 12 nods, including best film.
Other movies nominated for the top prize include Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Darkest Hour and Three Billboards are also in the running for outstanding British film alongside Paddington 2, The Death Of Stalin, God's Own Country and Lady Macbeth.
The ceremony will have a new host this year, when Joanna Lumley takes over from Stephen Fry.
The awards will be handed out at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18.
Saoirse has been receiving huge congratulations from celebrities and public figures in Ireland following her Golden Globe win.
Irish stand-up comedian and actress Deirdre O'Kane was one of the first to congratulate her fellow countrywoman on her gong.
"Over the moon about Saoirse Ronan's golden globe... she is our Meryl Streep, a HUGE talent and a beautiful human being, that's all.." she tweeted.
Ireland's Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said she was delighted for the 23-year-old Carlow woman.
The Fine Gael TD also praised Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh on his Golden Globe win.
"Saoirse Ronan and Martin McDonagh are both wonderfully charismatic people and their success in winning Golden Globes, which are such significant international awards, are indicative of their immense talent and versatility as artists.
"I would like to send my best wishes to both on their success and I am sure their personal achievements last night will be welcomed by all in the Irish film industry," the minister said.
The small national school in the village of Ardattin in Co Carlow, where Saoirse studied as a young girl, suddenly became the focus of the media on Monday.
Principal Laura Vance was inundated with calls about the school's most famous ex-pupil.
It was here at the rural school that a young Saoirse juggled her studies with her television and film work.
Her mother and father Monica and Paul Ronan, both from Dublin, had returned to live in the area when Saoirse was three, after 11 years living in New York.
Her first acting job was on RTE's The Clinic, which also starred her father, when she was just nine years old.
A part in the TV series Proof followed, before she was cast in the Michelle Pfeiffer movie I Could Never Be Your Woman.
By the age of 13 she was nominated for an Oscar in the best supporting actress category for her role in the film Atonement.
She then played a child assassin in Hanna and a pastry chef who helps break a man out of prison in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
She earned her second Oscar nomination for her role as an Irish immigrant who makes her way to 1950s New York in Brooklyn.
The 23-year-old finally won her gong on Sunday night for her role in the coming-of-age comedy-drama Lady Bird, leading to floods of tributes to "Ireland's leading lady".
Tourism Ireland Tweeted: "Congrats to Ireland's leading lady, Saoirse Ronan, on her #GoldenGlobe win for her role in the movie Lady Bird! Martin McDonagh's film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, won a whopping four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama!"
The Irish Embassy in the US also Tweeted: "Many congrats to Saoirse Ronan for #GoldenGlobes award for best actress for #LadyBird!"
Additional reporting by Press Association