Saoirse Ronan Named Best Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Our very own Saoirse Ronan was honoured on Monday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards when she was bestowed with the award for Best Actress. She was presented the award by fellow Irish actor, Liam Neeson.
The 21 year old picked up the esteemed award for her stirring performance in John Crowley’s Brooklyn. Playing a young Irish girl transplanted from her homeland to go work in America, Ronan said that she found relating to her character, Eilis Lacey, easier as she was herself suffering from a bout of homesickness at the time as the Carlow girl was trying to adjust to life in L.A., something which fed her emotive portrayal.
Ronan, who was actually born in the Bronx to Irish parents and raised there until she was three, at which point the family moved home to Ireland, joked about how the role was therefore perfect for her, saying “I’m one of you, I’m from the Bronx, after all. ‘Soairse from the Block’ is what they call me”, referring to Jennifer Lopez’s hit ‘Jenny from the Block”.
As time ticks on towards the announcement of Oscar nominations on Thursday 14th January, with the New York Film Critics Circle Awards seen as signalling potential Oscars nominees, things look set to only get bigger and better for the talented young actress. Ronan has also been nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ International Awards and listed in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, naming 30 rising stars of the past year. Luck of the Irish? I think not. Ronan’s raw talent and conviction on the screen are what make her an unstoppable force in Hollywood right now.