Sunday 24 March 2019

Saoirse Ronan confirms she'll wear black at Golden Globes in support of #TimesUp campaign

Saoirse Ronan. Photo: Getty
Saoirse Ronan. Photo: Getty
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe (38) has received a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role in Outlander.

Sean O'Grady

Saoirse Ronan is leading the way for the Irish nominees at the Golden Globes tomorrow.

The Carlow actress (23) is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the glamorous awards ceremony, for her role as Christine McPherson in Lady Bird.

She has received rave reviews for her performance in the film and is thought to be a serious contender for a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

Fellow Irish actress Caitriona Balfe (38) has received a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role in Outlander.

The Dubliner stepped out at Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles earlier this week to attend W Magazine's pre-Golden Globes party.

Playwright Martin McDonagh has been honoured with a nomination for Best Director for his critically acclaimed crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

McDonagh (47) also wrote and produced the film, which has received a total of six nominations, including for Best Picture.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who holds dual Irish and British citizenship, is nominated for Best Actor for his role in Phantom Thread, which he has revealed will be his final film performance.

Nora Twomey (46), from Co Cork, one of the founders of the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon, has seen her first solo feature, The Breadwinner, receive a nomination in the Animated Motion Picture category.

It tells the story of an Afghan girl who dresses like a boy so that she can provide for her family.

Twomey received the backing of Hollywood heavyweights for the film, with A-list actress Angelina Jolie serving as an executive producer on the film.

Ronan has confirmed she will be wearing black for the awards show in support of the initiative Time's Up - aimed at supporting women who have brought forward sexual assault claims in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Actress Alison Janney and singer Mary J Blige have also confirmed they will be wearing black for the ceremony, while Balfe has expressed support for the movement on Twitter.

Ronan described the increased awareness around sexual assault in the entertainment industry as "the most important thing".

"For all of these people, men and women, to be able to come together and use their influence and open up the conversation, and raise awareness and support for anyone who is going through or questioning their safety when they're on set. I think it's needed," she said.

"It's invaluable and it's paramount that this happens now."

The actress has also said that being on film sets feels like home to her.

"I love being around that environment. It's home to me," she said.

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