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Saoirse Ronan ‘thrilled’ by best actress Oscar nomination

By Jackie Bell

Saoirse Ronan will be hoping it is third time lucky after she was nominated in the best actress category of the 90th Academy Awards.

The Co Carlow star has been shortlisted for her acclaimed role in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age story Lady Bird, which was given the nod in five different categories.

Ronan will face competition from British actress Sally Hawkins in The Shape Of Water; Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, and Meryl Streep in The Post. Ronan last night said that she was "thrilled" by the recognition.

"To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognising this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women," she said.

"I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend."

Meanwhile, fellow Irish star Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for best actor for his role in Phantom Thread.

He'll go head to head with Gary Oldman for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, as well as Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, and Denzel Washington for Roman J Israel, Esq.

Lady Bird's Gerwig was nominated for best director, making her only the fifth woman in history to be up for the award. She faces Get Out's Jordan Peele, Phantom Thread's Paul Thomas Anderson, Dunkirk's Christopher Nolan and Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape Of Water.

Dunkirk is also up for best picture, where it faces Joe Wright's Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh, who also got a nod for original screenplay.

Del Toro's The Shape Of Water was the most nominated film with 13, ahead of Dunkirk on eight.

Oldman was nominated for best actor fresh from his success at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards for his portrayal of Churchill.

Christopher Plummer was nominated for supporting actor for his role in Sir Ridley Scott's All The Money In The World, in which he was an 11th-hour replacement to scrub disgraced actor Kevin Spacey from the finished production.

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