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Saoirse's winning streak continues as she gets Bafta nod

Saoirse Ronan, who has been nominated for the Bafta Best Actress prize, with her Golden Globe award. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Saoirse Ronan, who has been nominated for the Bafta Best Actress prize, with her Golden Globe award. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Saoirse Ronan is proving to be an unstoppable force this awards season after the actress secured yet another nomination.

Fresh from her Best Act-ress in a Musical/Comedy win at the Golden Globes, the Carlow star (23) has been nominated for Best Actress at the Baftas for her performance in Lady Bird.

Saoirse's fellow nominees have become fairly predict- able at this point and include most of the other actresses who have been named as serious contenders for an Oscar nomination this year.


She is up against Margot Robbie for I, Tonya; Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Annette Bening for Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool; and Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water.

London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has also been nominated at this year's Baftas as Best Director for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The crime film won four Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, including Best Screenplay.

McDonagh (47) is nominated for Best Director, alongside Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk; Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water; Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049; and Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name.

After securing her Bafta nomination, an Acad- emy Award shortlisting looks almost certain for Saoirse.

While the Oscar nomi- nations are not announced until January 23, she is the second-favourite to take home the Best Actress in a Leading Role award, according to bookmaker Paddy Power. Her current odds are 3/1.

Frances McDormand is the red-hot front-runner at 4/9, Margot Robbie is at 12/1, while Annette Bening is an outsider at 25/1.

Director Martin McDonagh. Photo: Reuters
Director Martin McDonagh. Photo: Reuters

Lady Bird has been roundly praised by critics. It was a stand-out at the Golden Globes and was also named the winner of the Best Film award.

The film tells the story of 18-year-old Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson, played by Saoirse, who is disillusioned with her hometown in Calif- ornia and dreams of moving to New York.

Saoirse recently revealed that despite all her success in showbusiness, she has no desire to move to Los Angeles to be closer to the entertainment industry.

She said she never succumbed to the pitfalls many child stars have in the past because her parents, Monica and Paul, kept her sheltered from negative influences when she was younger.


"What it boils down to is my mum is the best," she said.

"I really wasn't a part of all that when I was a kid.

"I don't know if it's just me, but I do think there's more pressure put on kids who are actors or in the public eye to be on social media and promote themselves.

"None of that was around even when I was a kid."

The Bafta awards will take place on Sunday, February 18, and will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the second year in a row.

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