Awards season is going very well indeed so far for the wonderful Irish actors, Satires Ronan and Michael Fassbinder. So might Oscar glory beckon?
Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender are among the nominees for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts' International Awards.
Ronan, who is on a high after winning Best Actress at the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday night, is again shortlisted for her role in Brooklyn. Other nominees are (in alphabetical order) Cate Blanchett (Carol), Emily Blunt (Sicario), Brie Larson (Room) and Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender is nominated in the Best Lead Actor category for his performance in the biopic Steve Jobs. He will be competing against (again in alphabetical order) Steve Carell (The Big Short), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) are the other nominees.
The winners of the awards will be announced in Los Angeles, USA on January 29.
Both Irish stars were honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards last week. In what is developing into a productive awards season, Fassbender and Ronan are also among the nominees at this Sunday's Golden Globes in Beverly Hills for their respective performances in Steve Jobs and Brooklyn. The Golden Globes are often taken as a strong indicator of Oscar success – though many who believed in that assumption have been gravely disappointed.
“You just have to take it as it comes,” one industry insider said. “The Golden Globes are hugely important in themselves. But every award adds just a little bit of momentum which can be a help come Oscar night."
The 21-year-old Carlow actor was presented with her New York Film Critics Circle award by fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson. Ronan, who was born in the Bronx and lived there until she was three, praised her parents' courage for moving to the city, and thanked the New York critics for their recognition.
"I'm one of you!" she added. "I am from the Bronx, after all. 'Saoirse from the Block' is what they call me” – a reference to Jennifer Lopez's Jenny from the Block.
"Now, go back to eating your dessert," she concluded.
Ronan has also been named among the stars on US business magazine Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, which nominates the most successful young talents in the entertainment industry over the past year.
Forbes explains that Ronan "has set critics fluttering with Brooklyn, which many expect will earn her a second Oscar nomination." Saoirse was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2008 for Atonement. Her fellow Golden Globe nominees, Brie Larson (who stars in Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel Room) and the prolific Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) are also included in the Forbes list.
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