Saoirse Ronan is having a moment. The 21-year-old Irish actress, whose breakthrough role was Briony Tallis in Atonement, bagged her first Critics’ Circle Award on Sunday — British/Irish actress of the year.
Ronan is no stranger to awards season buzz — she received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for Atonement, making her one of the youngest actresses to receive an Oscar nomination.
John Crowley’s romantic drama Brooklyn (2015) has won Ronan a host of awards, including the Detroit Film Critics Society award for Best Actress, the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress and the Hollywood Film Awards’ New Hollywood Award.
She missed out on the Best Actress Golden Globe for her role as Eilis Lacey but still has the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and SAG awards to look forward to.
The 2016 London Critics’ Circle Award winners in full
Film of the year: Mad Max: Fury Road
British/Irish film of the year: 45 Years
Actor of the year: Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
Actress of the year: Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Supporting actor of the year: Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)
Supporting actress of the year: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Director of the year: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Screenwriter of the year: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
British/Irish actor of the year: Tom Hardy (Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant)
British/Irish actress of the year: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lost River)
Young British/Irish performer of the year: Maisie Williams (The Falling)
Documentary of the year: Amy
Dilys Powell award for excellence in film: Sir Kenneth Branagh
Foreign language film of the year: The Look of Silence
Philip French award for breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker: John Maclean (Slow West)
British/Irish short film of the year: Stutterer
Technical achievement award: Cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol)