Saturday 23 June 2018

Saoirse Ronan scoops another award as she emerges as frontrunner for Best Actress Oscar

Actor Saoirse Ronan poses at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Saoirse Ronan poses at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Saoirse Ronan poses at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan accepts Desert Palm Achievement award onstage at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan, winner of Desert Palm Achievement award at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan, winner of Desert Palm Achievement award at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet attend the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Parker Palm Springs on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018, in Palm Springs, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Saoirse Ronan poses in the press room with the Desert Palm achievement award-actress for "Lady Bird" at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird.
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan appears onstage to accept the Desert Palm achievement award-actress for "Lady Bird" at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Saoirse Ronan, winner of Desert Palm Achievement award at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
Saoirse Ronan, winner of Desert Palm Achievement award at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )

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.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018, in Palm Springs, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018, in Palm Springs, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

“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."

Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan in Ladybird

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