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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Saoirse flying high as she bags nomination for role in Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for best actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards for her role in Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for best actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards for her role in Lady Bird

Success keeps coming for Saoirse Ronan, who has received a nomination for best actress at the Critics' Movie Choice Awards.

The Carlow actor was nominated for her role in Lady Bird, one of the few films to have a 100pc 'fresh' rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Ronan, who recently hosted an episode of US comedy show Saturday Night Live, was also nominated for best actress in a comedy.

Opportunity

The star has received a slew of nominations for her role in the comedy-drama and many believe she is now in line to nab her third Oscar nomination.

In Lady Bird she stars as Christine McPherson, a teenage girl coming of age in California who craves adventure, sophistication and opportunity - but finds none of it in her home town. Ronan started awards season with a win as best actress for Lady Bird at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

She dedicated her award to "the two women who mean so much to me" - her mother, and the film's writer and director, Greta Gerwig.

Ronan met Gerwig at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and had already read the script for Lady Bird. They talked about the role and Gerwig was convinced. The director said she "knew within two pages she was the person; I knew she was Lady Bird".

The film had its premiere at the same film festival this year and was given a standing ovation. At 23, Ronan has already been nominated for an Academy Award twice. She was nominated for best supporting actress for Atonement in 2008, when she was 13, and in 2016 for her lead role in Brooklyn.

Emotional

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis has also been nominated for best actor at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, for his role in Phantom Thread.

Set in the couture world of London in the 1950s, Day-Lewis revealed making the film took an emotional toll on him - and he has since decided to retire from acting.

Day-Lewis, who is the only actor to win best actor at the Academy Awards three times, admitted he will not watch Phantom Thread and still isn't totally sure why he has decided to call quits on his career.

"Not wanting to see the film is connected to the decision I've made to stop working as an actor," he said.

"But it's not why the sadness came to stay. That happened during the telling of the story, and I don't really know why."

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