Countless aspiring actors would kill to be Saoirse Ronan. At just 21 years old, the actress has plenty of experience under her belt and a number of awards nominations (and wins) to show for it. Thursday morning, that list got longer with a Golden Globes nomination for her leading role in “Brooklyn” -- a role that also landed her a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.
How she celebrates (and apparently her secrets to getting nominated): Indian curry and gold nail polish.
“They asked me that same question when I won at the New York Film Critics awards a couple of weeks ago,” she said in a call Wednesday from Ireland. “Then I said was getting some Indian curry. Ironically, my mom is making Indian curry right now. So I guess that’s how I’m celebrating. It’s like it’s my good luck curry.”
WINNER: miniseries actress - Lady Gaga
NOMINATED: miniseries(Suzanne Tenner / TNS)
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy; comedy actor - Christian Bale, Steve Carell; screenplay(Paramount Pictures / TNS)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; drama actress - Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara; director - Todd Haynes; original score(Courtesy of The Weinstein Compan / The Weinstein Company)
NOMINATED: drama actor - Eddie Redmayne; supporting actress - Alicia Vikander; original score(Agatha A. Nitecka / Focus Features)
WINNER: drama actress - Taraji P. Henson
NOMINATED: drama series(Chuck Hodes / FOX)
NOMINATED: miniseries; miniseries actress - Kirsten Dunst; miniseries actor - Patrick Wilson(Chris Large / FX)
WINNER: comedy actress - Jennifer Lawrence
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy(Merie Weismiller Wallace / 20th Century Fox)
NOMINATED: drama series; drama actor - Wagner Moura(Daniel Daza / Netflix)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; director - George Miller(Jasin Boland / TNS)
WINNER: supporting actor - Christian Slater; drama series
NOMINATED: drama actor - Rami Malek(Sarah Shatz / USA)
NOMINATED: comedy series; best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television - Uzo Aduba(JoJo Whilden / Netflix / TNS)
NOMINATED: drama series; drama actress - Caitriona Balfe; supporting actor - Tobias Menzies(Ed Miller / Starz Entertainment)
WINNER: drama actress - Brie Larson
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; screenplay(George Kraychyk / A24)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; director - Tom McCarthy; screenplay(Kerry Hayes / TNS)
WINNER: supporting actress - Kate Winslet; screenplay
NOMINATED: drama actor - Michael Fassbender; original score(Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures)
WINNER: comedy actor - Matt Damon; motion picture comedy
NOMINATED: director - Ridley Scott(Giles Keyte / 20th Century Fox / TNS)
WINNER: director - Alejandro González Iñárritu; drama actor - Leonardo DiCaprio; motion picture drama
NOMINATED: original score(Kimberley French / 20th Century Fox)
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy; comedy actress - Amy Schumer(Mary Cybulski / Universal Pictures)
NOMINATED: comedy series; comedy actor - Jeffrey Tambor; supporting actress - Judith Light(Beth Dubber / Amazon Studios)
NOMINATED: comedy series; comedy actress - Julia Louis-Dreyfus(Handout / TNS)
NOMINATED: miniseries actor - Mark Rylance; supporting actor - Damian Lewis(Giles Keyte / Masterpiece / BBC)
By Thursday morning, she had put down the spicy dish and picked up some gold polish. Ronan spoke with The Times mid-manicure about the honor:
We’re chatting two days in a row. Must be nice to be you.
Long time, no speak [laughs]. It’s a really nice day. I’m getting my nails done and then my phone starts going off.
At least it’s going off for a good reason.
It’s amazing. Life keeps getting better and better. It feels good to be recognized. When [you’re acting], you’re not really thinking about any of this.
What color are you getting on your nails?
I was getting them painted gold.
How ironic. Your new good luck charm?
I suppose so [laughs]. Who knew.
How is today different than yesterday?
Last night you had curry to celebrate. What’s the plan for tonight?
Well, I’m with my friend who just turned 8 years old last week. After we finish our nails, we’re going for an afternoon tea.
Now, you’re about to launch into awards season for the second major time in your career. Excited?
Well, my mom will be with me. I didn’t do [the awards circuit] the first time around. I was in New Zealand at the time, making the film so it wasn’t really like this. It’s different this time because it’s such a personal film.
What’s so different?
It means a lot more now. When I was younger, it didn’t really faze me that much. To be recognized, now, when you’ve got more work, been working for more than half your life, it means a lot more.
What are you looking forward to about the Golden Globes?
I’m looking forward to Ricky Gervais [as host]. I’ve grown up watching him. I watched the promo the other day and it’s amazing.
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