Don’t worry, Saoirse Ronan: You could follow Oscar loss with a win for playing British royalty, just like Colin Firth

Many were disappointed on Sunday night when “Lady Bird” came away from the Oscars without a single victory from its five nominations. That included leading lady Saoirse Ronan, who had won the Golden Globe for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress but lost the Oscar race to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). That’s okay, though. At age 23, Ronan still has plenty of time to rack up nominations and wins. And she might not even have to wait that long. She could win next year for playing British royalty, which would follow the same Oscar trajectory as Colin Firth.

Ronan has already been nominated for three Oscars, which is remarkable at her age. Her first bid was Best Supporting Actress for “Atonement” (2007) when she was 13-years-old; she lost to Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”). Eight years later she earned her first nom as an adult, Best Actress for “Brooklyn” (2015), but she lost that one to Brie Larson (“Room”). Now with “Lady Bird” she’s zero-for-three. However, she has another film on the horizon that is currently scheduled for release in November 2018: “Mary Queen of Scots,” in which she plays the title character, the cousin and political rival of Queen Elizabeth I (played by another Oscar rival of Ronan’s, Margot Robbie).

Of course, it’s too early to tell if that film will be a real Oscar player, but it looks good on paper, with a screenplay by Oscar nominee Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”) and distribution by Focus Features, the company behind Gary Oldman‘s overdue Best Actor victory for “Darkest Hour.” It would be Ronan’s fourth nomination, so she would be due.

That’s the same awards path Colin Firth took. He earned his first career Oscar nomination for “A Single Man” (2009), but that year’s Best Actor race was dominated by Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”). However, Firth had a royal role coming up — King George VI in “The King’s Speech” — so he was able to cash in his Oscar IOU that very next year.

Do you think the Oscars might make it up to Ronan the same way?

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