2018 just started and actress Saoirse Ronan is already having an exceptional year. If she isn't a household name yet, she soon will be. Or you might be the one of the majority who struggle in pronouncing her first name (hint - it rhymes with "inertia"). Only in her 20s, Ronan has been acting for more than half her life. Her acting credits are nothing short of astonishing, especially taking in account of her age. Ronan's accolades have already found her in the record books but there is no doubt that she has decades left in her acting to add to her already stunning career. Will 2018 finally be the year of her first Oscar win?
Ronan was just 13 years old when she was nominated for her first Oscar. The young actress was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2007 film, Atonement. She played the role of Briony Tallis, a young aspiring writer who accuses her older sister's secret lover and the family's housekeeper of a crime he did not commit. The film was an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel by the same name and also starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Ronan would lose out to Tilda Swinton for the award but it was impressive that her performance was in line with seasoned actresses such as Swinton, Amy Ryan, Ruby Dee, and Cate Blanchett.
Ronan would continue on to a successful acting career through her teens appearing in quite a few films including the critically-acclaimed and award nominated, The Lovely Bones and The Grand Budapest Hotel. It wouldn't be until 2016 when she gets another solo nomination for her role in the romantic drama, Brooklyn. Ronan plays a young Irish girl who immigrates to the U.S. in the early 1950s when life-changing events cause her to have to choose between the two countries. The role was undoubtedly close to Ronan's heart considering her dual citizenship between Ireland and the United States. Ronan lost out to Brie Larson but her nomination at the age of 21 would cause her to become the second-youngest actress in history to receive two nominations.
Current Lady Bird Success
To nobody's surprise, Ronan was attached to yet another majorly buzzed about film with Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird. The coming-of-age film was considered one of the best of 2017 and has been rolling into the new year with a slew of nominations and award wins. Just recently, the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the musical or comedy category. The movie also led to a Best Actress nomination for Ronan's role as the titular character, Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson. She would go on to win the award, making her a shoe-in for an upcoming Oscar nomination. So third time's a charm, right?
Ronan's Performance In Lady Bird
Previously winning a Golden Globe easily makes her a front-runner for an Academy Award, but awards aside, Ronan truly deserves the accolade for her work on Lady Bird. Growing up as a young actress, she most likely didn't have an average teenage life but she dives deep into navigating the difficult life of a lost teenager. Ronan ditches her heavy Irish accent and transforms into a Sacramento girl longing for new meaning in life. Throughout the film, Ronan displays her brilliant range of emotions. The pace of the story gives the actress a chance to showcase her ability to change the tone like a flip of a switch.
As seen during her career, Ronan has no trouble building chemistry with any one of her co-stars. In Lady Bird, she shares the screen with a number of co-stars. Whether it is a love interest, best friend, or her Catholic School nun, Ronan seemingly approaches each exchange in a unique manner just as many of us have different versions of ourselves with different relationships. The most memorable performances come between Ronan and her on-screen parents, more specifically, her mother played by Laurie Metcalf. How they portray the complicated but loving relationship between a mother and daughter give reason why both actresses deserve Oscars.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23 and the 90th annual Academy Awards airs on March 4, 2018!