Saoirse Ronan to Receive International Star Award From Palm Springs Film Fest

“Brooklyn” actress joins Cate Blanchett as first Palm Springs honorees

Last Updated: November 13, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

Saoirse Ronan will receive the International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala in January, PSIFF organizers announced on Friday.

Ronan, who currently stars in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” as a young Irish woman moving to New York City in the 1950s, joins Cate Blanchett as the first honorees to be announced by Palm Springs.

The award will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, as part of a gala that will give out awards to a number of Oscar contenders during the height of nominations voting.

Previous winners of the International Star Award include Helen Mirren and Javier Bardem.

Ronan received an Oscar nomination for “Atonement” at the age of 13, making her the seventh-youngest Best Supporting Actress nominee ever. She is currently one of the favorites to land a Best Actress nomination for the gentle and affecting “Brooklyn.”

The film was directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby. It also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

“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 a statement.

“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.”

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from Jan. 1-11 in the desert resort town 100 miles east of Los Angeles.