Saoirse Ronan scoops another award as she emerges as frontrunner for Best Actress Oscar
Saoirse Ronan solidified her status as a frontrunner in the Oscars race after scooping yet another award for her starring role in Ladybird.
The 23-year-old Irish actress is expected to be nominated for third Academy Award for Best Actress at this year's ceremony in March after consistently rave reviews for her turn as teenager Christine "Ladybird" McPherson and her experiences growing up in Sacramento, California, where Greta Gerwig's grew up.
At Tuesday night's Palm Springs International Film Festival opening gala, Saoirse walked away with the Best Actress prize in a movie star worthy look of head-to-toe Gucci and old Hollywood-style hair. It's sure to inspire some confidence as the Carlow native is nominated in the same category at Sunday night's Golden Globes in the Musical or Comedy section.
Nominations for this year's Oscars will be announced on January 23 and her nod seems a sure-thing in the unpredictable nature of nominations. This year, other big contenders include Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Jessica Chastain for Molly's Game, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Meryl Streep for The Post.
Despite, yet again, being one of the most talked about actresses this awards season, Saoirse is famously down-to-earth and said she forgot about the Golden Globe nominations and was hiking up Glendalough at the time the announcement was made.
"I actually forgot about it because I was just on a different time zone and I was up and out of the house,” she told PEOPLE magazine.
“I had a friend over and we went to this beautiful site called Glendalough, which is a monastic site and there’s a beautiful lake and mountains.
“My bag just started to vibrate nonstop and I was like ‘What’s going on?’ And then I saw a bunch of missed calls from my publicist and I was like, ‘Oh s***, they’re out today!’”
"It was actually quite nice cause it meant I wasn’t thinking about it too much. It was such a lovely, pleasant surprise when I heard."