Saoirse Ronan could give Jennifer Lawrence a run for her money. Lawrence was the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) at age 22, and then she became the youngest actress to accumulate four total nominations when she earned a bid for “Joy” (2015) at age 25. Ronan is only 23, but she could already be on her way to nomination number-three for her leading role in “Lady Bird.” A24 has released a new trailer for the film. Watch it above.
“Lady Bird” is the second feature film directed by Greta Gerwig, best known as an actress and writer in films including “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America.” Gerwig also penned the screenplay for this film, in which Ronan stars as the title character, a young woman coming of age in Northern California over the course of a year. Playing her mother Marion is Laurie Metcalf, who looks like a potential contender for Best Supporting Actress. This would be Metcalf’s first Oscar bid, but she has already ruled other showbiz awards, winning three Emmys in the 1990s for her performance in “Roseanne” and claiming a Tony Award just a few months ago for Best Actress in a Play for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” So she’s as popular as ever on the awards scene. If she wins Oscar, she would be just a Grammy away from EGOT.
The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, where it received strong notices from critics. It opens November 10, so it will be well positioned for the awards season, and the cast features other awards-friendly names like Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), Tony winner Tracy Letts (“Homeland,” “Divorce”), Stephen Henderson (“Fences”) and Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”).
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