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Whether or not Saoirse Ronan wins the Best Actress Oscar for her turn in “Brooklyn,” she’ll at least have one award under her belt, thanks to the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Organizers have announced that the 21-year-old actress will be honored with the International Star Award at its annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 2. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial recognition across the globe throughout their body of work.
“From her unforgettable roles in ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Lovely Bones,’ ‘Hanna’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ we have seen Saoirse Ronan grow from a young girl to the accomplished actress she is today,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In John Crowley’s new film ‘Brooklyn,’ Ronan gives a mesmerizing performance as a young woman from Ireland who is offered the chance of a new life in New York. In this role, Ronan embodies the grace and depth of a classic Hollywood screen star.”
Past International Star Award honorees include Javier Bardem and Helen Mirren. The Gala previously announced it will present an award to honoree Cate Blanchett.
“Brooklyn” is now playing in select theaters.