Best Actress 2015: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn


The Facts

Oscar History
Ronan has one nomination

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Atonement (2007)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who must choose between two men (Emory Cohen and Domnhall Gleeson) – and two countries, Ireland and America


  • Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere; In Competition (Jan. 26 2015)
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Canadian Premiere (Sept. 13, 2015)
  • New York Film Festival (Oct. 7, 2015)
  • BFI London Film Festival (Oct. 12, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 6, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? By most accounts, Brooklyn captures the mood of romances released in the 1950s – the time period in which this Sundance hit takes place. Ronan has put in strong and adventurous work since her nomination for Atonement (2007); more importantly, the actress looks like Fox Searchlight’s primary push in this category unless the distrib changes its 2015 slate.

Why not? Will Oscar be in the mood for a traditional melodrama/romance like Brooklyn? Perhaps a better question: Will a traditional melodrama/romance like Brooklyn stand out in such a crowded field? Ronan’s work here, while acclaimed, may be too passive in a crowded year like this.


Ranking: No. 5 as of Sept. 7, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Brooklyn
  • Best Director 2015: John Crowley for Brooklyn
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Julie Walters for Brooklyn
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Emory Cohen for Brooklyn
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Domnhall Gleeson for Brooklyn
  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2015: Nick Hornby for Brooklyn