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Saturday 3 December 2016

Saoirse nails down Golden Globes nod while relaxing in a Dublin beauty salon

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Saoirse appears with Ellen DeGeneres with a sign showing the phonetic spelling of her name
Saoirse appears with Ellen DeGeneres with a sign showing the phonetic spelling of her name

A small Dublin nail salon witnessed when Saoirse Ronan received her Golden Globe nod.

The young star was having a pampering day in Tropical Popical on South William Street when the call came through that she was being given a nomination for her acclaimed performance in Brooklyn.

And there was more good news for the salon after they were contacted by the Ellen DeGeneres Show to ask if they could use the Twitter images of her celebrating her nomination on last night's show.

"Saoirse pops in a good bit, she loves nail art, and Chloe Gilbert usually does her nails," explained owner Andrea Horan.

"It was about three weeks ago when she came in with her mum and her pals. Her phone kept ringing and she couldn't answer because she was getting her nails done.

"Then one of her friends was like, 'Shouldn't you answer that?', and when they heard of her nomination it was like 'Oh, my God!' They couldn't cope. The champagne came out and then she did all her media interviews about the nomination while sitting in the pedi station, to people from places like the Wall Street Journal.

"She's so normal, she totally takes it all in her stride. She's so friendly and thoughtful. Even when she was doing her interviews she was giving a mention to the salon - she didn't have to do that."

Now all eyes will be on the Golden Globes this Sunday, with Irish hopes pinned on a win for Saoirse in the Lead Actress in a ­Drama Film category. She also won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in New York on Sunday.

Meanwhile, chat show queen Ellen gave millions of viewers a lesson in how to pronounce the Irish star's name on last night's show. Saoirse presented her with an over-the-shoulder sign reading: "Hello, my name is Sur-Sha."

It came after actor Denis Quaid was universally mocked for pronouncing her name as 'Shee-sha' while reading out the Golden Globe nominees.

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Saoirse recently thanked actor Ryan Gosling for helping people to pronounce her name, saying it was "like inertia".

"Someone sent me a photo two weeks later of a cinema in Minnesota, and on the sign in the front it said 'Brooklyn' and then underneath it said 'Ser-sha, Like Inertia," she laughed.

"I couldn't believe it - the power of Ryan Gosling is stronger than anything else."

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