Saoirse will win an Oscar and we'll lose her to Hollywood, says director Carney
She is known for her down-to-earth charm and strong Irish accent, but director John Carney reckons we are about to lose Saoirse Ronan to movie stardom.
The Sing Street director has gone against the grain - tipping Saoirse for Oscar glory next weekend - over firm favourite Brie Larson.
Bachelor's Walk creator John said that this would see Saoirse propelled into a stratosphere beyond the reach of directors such as himself.
"I'd love to write something for Saoirse - if she'd have me," John told the Herald. "She's a big star. We're going to lose her once she gets this Oscar, which I think she is going to get."
John is in no doubt about who he thinks will claim the Best Actress gong on February 28
"Everyone is on Brie but I'm on Saoirse," he said.
Carlow native Saoirse has been a big hit during awards season and talk has already switched to her red carpet outfit after turning heads at last Sunday's BAFTAs.
Nominated for her role as Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in 1950s flick Brooklyn, the 21-year-old has twice been beaten by Room star Brie Larson for best actress - at both the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
However, the Oscars is known for producing surprises and many, including Helen Mirren, fancy Saoirse for the award.
John was in Dublin this week to attend the Irish premiere of his music film Sing Street, which opened the Audi Dublin International Film Festival - running in the capital until February 28.
He said that Sing Street - about a kid with a strained home life who forms a band - was inspired by things "I failed at when I was a kid".
The director has switched temporarily to the small screen for his latest project in the US which also has a music theme to it.
"I'm making a TV show in New York," he said. "It's about creativity and a bunch of different artists doing a bunch of different things."