'It’s not Say-or-see or Seer-say' - Ryan Gosling teaches Hollywood how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan's name
Actor Ryan Gosling taught Hollywood the correct way to pronounce Saoirse Ronan's name as he presented the Irish actress with an award at The Hollywood Film Awards last night.
The actress won the New Hollywood Award for her role in Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, which is being hotly tipped for an Oscar.
Ryan Gosling presented the statuette to the Irish star – and gave a lesson on Irish pronunciation to the audience.
“There was a little controversy in giving her this award and no it wasn’t how to pronounce her name, although since we’re all here, I thought we could just go over it,” Ryan said.
“It’s not Say-or-see or Seer-say or Sor-cery, but it probably should be ... it’s Ser-sha like inertia.”
The actor called the starlet “not only one of my favourite actresses”, but also “one of my favourite people”.
The Notebook actor, however, said it wasn’t her name that stood out, but her “impressive body of work”.
“She’s barely 21, she’s already done close to that many films,” he said.
“Her performance in her new film, Brooklyn, is so powerful and so beautiful, she just had to be awarded with something.”
The Hollywood Film Awards, held yesterday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, saw heavyweights Robert De Niro, Carey Mulligan and Will Smith among the big winners.
De Niro was presented with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th annual awards.
Mulligan was given the actress award for her role in Suffragette and Smith took home the actor award for his portrayal of a doctor in new film Concussion, about the discovery of brain trauma in a professional American football player.
The ceremony marks the start of a long run of awards shows in Los Angeles leading up to the Oscars on February 28, 2016, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The ceremony celebrates many films which are not yet on general release but are expected to feature prominently in the awards race.
The winners are all announced in advance and the ceremony is not televised.
British director Tom Hooper was given the director award for his new movie The Danish Girl, which stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as a transgender pioneer in the 1920s.
Redmayne’s co-star Alicia Vikander was presented with the breakout actress award for her role as his wife.
The breakout actor award was given to Australian star Joel Edgerton for his performance as a corrupt FBI agent in Black Mass.
Trainwreck’s Amy Schumer took home the comedy award for the film she wrote and starred in.
Jane Fonda was given the supporting actress prize for her role in new film Youth and Benicio Del Toro took the supporting actor award for crime thriller Sicario.