Saoirse Ronan is kicking off awards season with a bang.
The Carlow native (23) already has two Oscar nominations under her belt, and is lining up for a potential third for her critically acclaimed turn in this year's Ladybird, and she stole the show at Saturday's Governors Awards in Hollywood. Saoirse joined a host of the industry's most cherished stars for the ninth annual awards, which presented the first Oscars of the season to four film industry veterans and a virtual reality project.
The Irish actress took inspiration from Old Hollywood in a glittering black gown with cut-out detail by Ralph & Russo, accessorising with a pair of statement turquoise earrings. Also representing Ireland at yesterday's awards was Colin Farrell, who is winning praise for his leading performance in The Killing of A Sacred Deer.
Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence opted for a midriff baring two-piece by Alexander McQueen attending with her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky, but avoiding the red carpet together, while Jessica Chastain injected some colour in a red gown and Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger and Carey Mulligan, were also in attendance, among others.
Saoirse's turn in the coming of age tale Ladybird is earning praise among critics and moviegoers, explaining she wanted the character to be as "authentic as possible" with minimal make-up, dyed her hair red, and wore 90s-style clothes during filming.
"My skin wasn’t great at the time and I had acne," she told Vanity Fair.
"[The director Greta Gerwig] suggested dying my hair a different colour and when she said red, straight away - even though it’s not quite the same shade, I thought of Tai from Clueless. Just seeing that sort of cool, wavy red hair and Alanis Morissette-style clothes really helped."
"My skin wasn’t great at the time and I had acne. Jackie, the makeup artist, asked me how I felt about not covering that up as much and I thought it was a really good opportunity to let a teenager’s face in a movie actually look like a teenager’s face in real life. I think we all really wanted Lady Bird to be as authentic as possible, but also let the audience see how she had her own style and her own look and she was a bit of a rock star in that way."
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