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Saoirse's a hot tip for BAFTAs but rules out Hollywood move

She may have missed out on the Oscars, but Saoirse Ronan is hotly tipped to scoop a BAFTA at the awards ceremony tomorrow.

The 15-year-old, who takes the lead role in The Lovely Bones, is up against industry veterans Meryl Streep and Audrey Tautou for Best Actress in the British awards.

Saoirse, who is also up for an IFTA in Dublin, has already picked up the Critics Choice Award Best Young Actor at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for her portrayal of a murdered young girl in an adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel.

But before she thinks about preparing for the industry awards in the Royal Opera House in London, Saoirse will take to the red carpet for the IFTAs in Dublin tonight.

Saoirse currently has nine awards under her belt, as well as numerous nominations including Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs.

And she said that she was overwhelmed that she was given the nod for the raft of awards in Ireland, the UK and further afield.

"It's lovely, for the past few years it has happened and it's like, 'Wow'. Yes, it's fantastic," she said.

"I think the thing to remember is that you can never predict what is going to happen.

"I can't, Meryl Streep can't, nobody can and you have to take every day as it comes and never take things too seriously."

Saoirse, from Carlow, has said that she has no plans to relocate to Hollywood at the moment.

"I would never want to move to Los Angeles. I've seen kids get messed up there," she said. "They just stop being genuine people."

Meanwhile, veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave, mother of the late Natasha Richardson, will be recognised for her "outstanding and exceptional" contribution to film, receiving the Academy fellowship, the highest accolade the British Academy can bestow.

US actor Jeff Bridges is widely expected to take home the Best Actor prize for his role in country music tale Crazy Heart, but analysts have said that Colin Firth could not be ruled out for his part in A Single Man or Andy Serkis in Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

And BBC presenter Jonathan Ross, who hosts the ceremony, has promised fans that he would slip a mystery word into his script, urging his Twitter followers to suggest a word.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "In keeping with last year's tradition, would any of you care to suggest a word for me to slip into the Baftas? Can't be too rude, obviously."

James Cameron's record-breaking sci-fi blockbuster and double Golden Globe winner Avatar is expected to win for best film.

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