SBIFF Movie Spotlight

Film festival honors Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird star receives Santa Barbara Award at SBIFF

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Film Festival honored Saoirse Ronan on Super Bowl Sunday, but that didn't stop crowds from waiting for the Oscar nominee to arrive at the Arlington Theatre.

Once inside Ronan said she was nervous and thanked everyone for coming out to see her.

The audience watched scenes from a number of her films and heard her talk about each part.

She was born in the Bronx, but raised in Ireland where her father was an actor.

Ronan said she had to learn to do accents to get good parts outside of Ireland.

This isn't the first time she has been nominated for an Oscar.

She was a best supporting actress nominee for her work in the film Atonement when she was just 12.

Now at 24, Ronan is nominated for her leading role in the small budget film Lady Bird about a mother-daughter relationship that many women can relate to.

Ronan received the 2018 Santa Barbara Award for her outstanding performance.

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