Irish acting star Saoirse under Oscar spotlight for Mary role
Irish acting star Saoirse Ronan has been tipped as a favourite to win next year’s Best Actress Oscar for her latest performance as Scotland’s last Catholic queen.
Ronan, 24, has already been nominated for an Academy Award three times but many critics believe that her title role as Mary Queen of Scots will be her defining moment.
While Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots has received criticism from some historians, film critics have given rave reviews to Ronan for her performance as the Catholic Queen Mary Stuart, as well as to Margo Robbie for her portrayal as Queen Mary’s bitter English rival, Elizabeth I.
The film is based on John Guy’s biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. In the movie, Mary is attempting to usurp her cousin Elizabeth I and is rising up an army to help her take her place as sovereign of England.
Ronan has received three Academy Award nominations throughout her career, her first in 2008 for Best Supporting Actress in Atonement, her second in 2016 for Best Actress in Brooklyn. Her most recent nomination was for Best Actress earlier this year for her stunning performance in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
As previously reported in The Catholic Universe, Ronan revealed that she was drawn to the character of Lady Bird due to its “positive” portrayal of Catholicism.
“What’s nice about it is that is shows Catholicism in a positive light,” she said.
“I went to a Catholic school and had a lovely experience, Greta did as well. She’s not Catholic but she went to a Catholic school and had relationships with incredible teachers that taught her so much.”
Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke, also stars Gemma Chan, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Guy Pearce and Martin Compston.
It will be released in UK cinemas on 18th January 2019.