OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis, a young woman who finds love after immigrating to America, although her relationship and feelings for her new country are tested when she returns to Ireland.

Saoirse Ronan is one of those actress that, for as long as she stays in the game, will likely be showing up at the Oscars quite a bit. She’s such a talented actress no matter the size of the role, having been nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 13 for her supporting role in “Atonement” (beat by Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”) and having carried feature film leading roles for most of her teenage years. Now at 21 years old, she finds herself the lead of the period piece, “Brooklyn,” about a young woman who moves from Ireland to America in hopes of finding work and a better life. She works at a department store despite her loneliness and puts up with the gossipy women of her boarding house and eventually finds solace in a young Italian man named Tony. But when a death occurs in her family, she has to put her American future on hold and go back, a trip that tries to lure her back into her old life. Ronan plays the role perfectly and nails the naivety and sweetness of the character, but transforms in front of our eyes, as more and more layers are revealed.

Who’s her competition? As it stands, Best Actress in a Leading Role is Brie Larson’s (“Room”) to lose, since she swept most of the critics awards and continues to clean up on the road to the Oscars. But if we were to narrow down the category to two competitors, it would definitely be Larson and Saoirse Ronan, seeing as Ronan brought in her fair share of critics awards as well and was always considered a lock for the Oscar nomination alongside Larson, the entire way. Having these two fight for the category is actually quite refreshing as Jennifer Lawrence may be around the same age, but has been honored in this category before. They also go up against women that are well established in the acting world, Cate Blanchett and Charlotte Rampling. So to beat out these fine women and their performances is quite the feat. Most will likely be cheering for Brie Larson, as she does give the more emotional and powerful performance. But I have a feeling there will be some support there for Ronan as well.

Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Saoirse Ronan. She was previously nominated for:

  • ATONEMENT (2007)
    Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role

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// Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey //Directed by John Crowley //
// Dated Viewed: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK //  32 films – 38 days //

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