Saoirse set for pre-Oscars honour
Saoirse Ronan is to be honoured at a pre-Oscars award ceremony recognising rising new talent in Ireland.
The teenager, shortlisted in 2008 for an Academy Award for Atonement, will receive the accolade at the US-Ireland Alliance's Oscar Wilde: Honouring The Irish In Film event in March.
The talented teenager will be presented with the Wilde Card award at the gala function in Los Angeles, just days before the glitzy Oscar ceremony.
Northern Ireland cinematographer Seamus McGarvey will also be honoured for his achievements behind the camera, having been involved in a range of Hollywood blockbusters.
These include Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Sahara, and Along Came Polly with Jennifer Aniston.
Past winners of the Oscar Wilde include Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Fiona Shaw, Colm Meaney, Jim Brooks, Van Morrison and Jim Sheridan.