Helen Mirren: “Just give Saoirse the Oscar already!”
Hollywood legend Helen Mirren has backed Irish star Saoirse Ronan to win her first Oscar at the end of this month.
The British actress was full of praise for the young Irish performer, and believes she is the standout nominee this year, saying: “Just give Saoirse the Oscar already!”
Mirren was speaking to Woman’s Way magazine about the upcoming Academy Awards and is clearly a huge fan of Ronan’s, who is one of the nominees for Best Actress for her performance in Brooklyn.
Mirren said: “Just give her the Oscar already. Because oh my word, Saoirse was absolutely astounding in that film.
“She’s outstanding in whatever she does. I’m a big fan.
“It’s incredible to have that much power and vulnerability and wisdom at her age, so, so young. It’s really remarkable.”
It is the second time in Ronan’s career that she has been nominated for an Oscar. In 2007 she was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Atonement even though she was aged just 13, although the award ended up going to Tilda Swinton.
Mirren is herself a previous winner of the Best Actress Oscar, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen. She also revealed that she would love to work with Ronan in the future, saying: “I certainly hope that our paths cross professionally some day.”
The Oscars take place on 28th February at the Dolby Theatre and will be hosted by comedy actor Chris Rock. Ronan faces stiff competition in the Best Actress category, with Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence and Charlotte Rampling also nominated.