Saoirse Ronan nominated at the Oscars – Is 2018 the Irish year for cinema ?

Lilia Lalaoui

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I am proud of where I come from. I am proud of the work we’ve done.’

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has won her third Oscar nomination this year for her role in the awaited “Lady Bird” movie. All eyes are on Saoirse before the 90th Oscar ceremony on March 4th in Los Angeles. But, Saoirse is not the only one Irish under the spotlight in the cinema industry this year.

The Oscars have never been so Irish. 23-years-old cinema prodigee Saoirse Ronan has already been nominated three times for the Oscars. “Atonement” by Joe Wright (2007) was her first nomination when she was only 13. “Brooklyn” by director John Crowley and based on Colm Toibin’s book (2015) was also a complete success and made Saoirse nominated again for the prestigious competition. Finally, this year the actress is nominated for the critically acclaimed movie “LadyBird” directed by Greta Gerwig. Carlow-raised actress is the pride of our island and she has great chances to win the statuette.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”’s Irish director Martin McDonagh is nominated for the best director award this year. His actress Frances McDormand has won an IFTA award recently and is nominated in the Lead Actress category alongside Saoirse Ronan. Irish director’s movie “Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri” tells the story of a mother trying to discover the truth about her daughter’s murder herself as the police still don’t have find the culprit.

Another Irish presence at the Oscars. “The Breadwinner”, with its Cork-native director Nora Towmey and Irish studio Cartoon Saloon is produced by no less than iconic Angelina Jolie but also nominated in the Oscars animated feature category. What a brilliant year for Irish cinema. This animated movie tells the very current story of a young girl from Afghanistan disguising herself as a boy to help her family.

As always, Irish genius and costume designer Consolata Boyle, already nominated for the “Florence Foster Jenkins” movie starring Mery Streep in 2017, and The Queen in 2007 is nominated for her amazing work in “Victoria and Abdul” by director Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench. This one tells the story of the British Queen Victoria starting an unusual friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. So many Irish talents in diverse areas of the cinema industry.

Cinema and Oscars legend Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for the third time in his career for his movie “Phantom Thread” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Mister Day-Lewis has already won three Oscars : for “My Left Foot : The Story of Christy Brown” by Jim Sheridan in 1990, for his performance in “There Will Be Blood” in 2008 directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and finally in 2012 for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” movie. “The Phantom Thread”’s plot takes place in London in the 1950s, telling the story of a famous dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock, who meets a woman who will change his life. After 6 nominations in his whole career, The British and Irish actor is considered as one of the best actors of the cinema’s History. Anouncing last year that he was gonna retire, it might be a good occasion for him to leave the industry with even more panache.


In an interview to the Irish Times, Saoirse Ronan said, talking about Ireland :

I am proud of where I come from. I am proud of the work we’ve done. We can now stand in our own right as film-makers and actors.


Ireland has always been a bright country in loads of disciplines, from literature to sports and of course cinema, with all its Oscars winner throughout History. Saoirse Ronan and all the other 2018 Irish nominees are the proof that Irish cinema has bright days ahead and that the island is full of talent. Now, let’s hope that they’ll bring back the mighty statuette home.


The full list of nominations: (

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:


The 90th Academy Awards takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at 5:00 p.m. PST on March 4, 2018.


Picture : Saoirse Ronan in The Grand Budapest Hotel movie (2014). Credit : Yonolatengo/FlickR

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