Saoirse Ronan wins two Best Actress awards for ‘Brooklyn’

Saoirse Ronan, her first name being pronounced as SIR-sha, is currently making headlines after winning Best Actress in two of the recently concluded prestigious award giving bodies – the British Independent Film Awards and the New York Critics Film Awards for her starring role in the profoundly stirring movie “Brooklyn.”

Currently a frontrunner in the upcoming 2016 Golden Globes for Best Actress in A Motion Picture, Drama for her role in “Brooklyn,” Ronan in her acceptance speech at the British Independent Film Awards shared that “I got an amazing role to play. I was given the opportunity to honour a journey and a story that’s very close to me.”

“Brooklyn” is the story of of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Directed by John Crowley from a screenplay by Nick Hornby based on the novel by Colm Tóibín, “Brooklyn,” at its heart is an immigrant’s tale told in a voice that has rarely been heard. While there have been numerous stories of ambitious or desperate young men driven to seek their fortunes in America, the novel tells a different tale – one of a quiet, unassuming but luminous young woman called Eilis.

“Brooklyn” required an actress who could authentically embody Eilis with her quietly biting humor, keen intelligence and unfolding desire. Like so many unsung American immigrants, Eilis arrives as a modest, if highly capable, lonely girl about to undergo a profound personal transformation. The filmmakers searched for an actress who would allow the audience into the world of a young woman coming into her own, with gentle wit and determination, as well as one who could understand Eilis’ longing for Ireland. That perfect fit was Saoirse Ronan.

Born in New York to Irish parents and raised outside Dublin, Ronan first found acclaim in Joe Wright’s “Atonment,” garnering a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® nomination for her performance as Briony. She went on to starring roles in “The Lovely Bones,” “Hanna” and most recently Wes Anderson’s Oscar winning “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” all by age 20.

Ronan says she felt an immediate, almost uncanny, affinity for Eilis as soon as she read the script. “Nick Hornby isn’t from Ireland, yet he managed to completely capture the spirit of the country. The writing was so beautiful, and so beautifully subtle,” she comments. “It felt close to my heart because it was about my people. It was the journey that my parents went on back in the ‘80s; they moved to New York and went through all these same things, even though it was a different era. The biggest hurdle anyone goes through in life is leaving the security of your family and your friends behind for something new.”

Eilis’ dizzying feeling of being split between two worlds hit especially close to home for Ronan. She continues: “I’m very Irish in some ways but I have an American sensibility as well, as I was born in New York. I think that made the story even more emotional for me, because I have such a strong connection to both of these places, much like Eilis. Everything that Eilis goes through was exactly what I was going though at that point in my life, and I’m still going through now. So emotionally, it was extremely close to me.”

“Brooklyn” opens in cinemas very soon (February 2016) from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. (PR)

FULL LIST: Golden Globes 2016 nominees

The nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday.

Earning top honors in the drama motion picture category are “Carol,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” “Room” and “Spotlight.” The comedy picture category, on the other hand, has nominations for “The Big Short,” “Joy,” “The Martian,” “Spy” and “Trainwreck.”

Awarding ceremony for Golden Globe is on January 10, 2016.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Motion picture, drama:

“Carol”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Motion picture, comedy:

“The Big Short”
“Joy”
“The Martian”
“Spy”
“Trainwreck”

Actress in a motion picture, drama:

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Actress in a motion picture, comedy:

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Actor in a motion picture, drama:

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Will Smith, “Concussion”

Actor in a motion picture, comedy:

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

TV series, drama:

“Empire”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mr. Robot”
“Narcos”
“Outlander”

TV series, comedy:

“Casual”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Actress in a TV series, comedy:

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Actress in a TV series, drama:

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Actor in a TV series, drama:

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Wagner Moura, “Narcos”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Actor in a TV series, comedy:

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture:

Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

TV movie or miniseries:

“American Crime”
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Fargo”
“Flesh and Bone”
“Wolf Hall”

Actress in a TV movie or limited series:

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone”
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Actor in a TV movie or limited series:

Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or TV movie:

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV movie:

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Maura Tierney, “The Affair”

Animated feature film:

“Anomalisa”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Director:

Todd Haynes, “Carol”
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Tom Mccarthy, “Spotlight”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Screenplay:

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”
Emma Donoghue, “Room”
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Original song:

“Love Me Like You Do” (“50 Shades of Grey”)
“One Kind of Love” (“Love and Mercy”)
“See You Again” (“Furious 7”)
“Simple Song #3” (“Youth”)
“Writing’s on the Wall” (“Spectre”)

Foreign language film:

“The Brand New Testament” (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
“The Club” (Chile)
“The Fencer” (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
“Mustang” (France)
“Son Of Saul” (Hungary)

Score:

Carter Burwell, “Carol”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Danish Girl”
Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, “The Revenant”

FULL LIST: SAG Awards 2016 nominees

The Screen Actors Guild announces its nominees for acting awards in television and film. Winners will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”
“Trumbo”

Best Actor (Motion Picture)
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress (Motion Picture)
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”

Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture)
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

 Best Ensemble (Drama Series)
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Best Ensemble (Comedy Series)
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Key & Peele”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Actor (Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress (Drama Series)
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Marguiles, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor (Comedy Series)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Actress (Comedy Series)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Ben Kingsley, “Tut”
Ray Liotta, “Texas Rising”
Bill Murray, “A Very Murray Christmas”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Best Actress (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Christina Ricci, “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”
Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils Before Dying”

Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Everest”
“Furious 7”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Stunt Ensemble (Comedy or Drama Series)
“The Blacklist”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Marvel’s Daredevil”
“The Walking Dead”

The winners of the 22nd SAG Awards will be announced Jan. 30, 2016.

Fassbender wins Best Actor Prize from L.A. film critics for ‘Steve Jobs’

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named Michael Fassbender as the year’s best actor for his bravura portrayal of the real-life, titular character in Universal Pictures’ “Steve Jobs.”

The recognition bodes well for the actor, who’s seems to be en route for a second Academy Award nomination, following his nod for “12 Years a Slave” three years ago.

Watch the trailer of “Steve Jobs” below.

Among the critics who championed Fassbender was Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times, who writes in his review, “Though the film he stars in is very much a group effort, it is hard to imagine `Steve Jobs’ without the magnetic Fassbender, who eats parts like this for breakfast, in the starring role. His Jobs is a man of enormous self-confidence, driven like nobody’s business, whose powers of persuasion are so overpowering his employees talk about the `reality distortion field’ he is able to create around himself and his ideas.”

Variety’s Justin Chang also has praises for Fassbender, writing, “In this unabashedly fictionalized context, Fassbender overcomes the obvious casting hurdle and delivers a performance as enthralling and fully sustained as any on his estimable resume. That the actor is onscreen at every minute makes it all the better that it’s impossible to take your eyes off him, or your ears: This is an actor who knows exactly how to toss off Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, emphasizing rhythm and inflection over volume, while embodying confidence and authority in his every atom.”

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, “Steve Jobs” takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
“Steve Jobs” is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Opening across the Philippines on January 13, 2016, “Steve Jobs” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)