Saoirse Ronan Receives Santa Barbara Award

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Saoirse Ronan receiving her award on Sunday (Photo: Fritz Olenberger)

Saoirse Ronan received the Santa Barbara Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) on Sunday evening.

The Superbowl didn't keep crowds away as Ronan was received by a ton of Santa Barbara fans at the Arlington Theatre. 

Saoirse Ronan taking a selfie with a fan outside the Arlington Theatre (Photo: Fritz Olenberger)

The Santa Barbara Award is given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. Ronan has been honored for her critically acclaimed role in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, an A24 release. 

“In Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan has once again proven that she is a force of nature and one of her generation’s most exciting young talents,” stated SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “She embodies her characters with a poignant accuracy and ease every time she appears on screen.”

(Photo: Fritz Olenberger)

Ronan’s numerous film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna, The Lovely Bones, and The Way Back. She has received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, and recently was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her performance in Lady Bird.

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

Saoirse Ronan and interviewer Anne Thompson (Photo: Fritz Olenberger)
(Photo: Fritz Olenberger)
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