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Jim Sheridan backs Saoirse Ronan for Oscar nomination

With Oscar nominations out on Thursday, renowned Irish director Jim Sheridan has backed Saoirse Ronan to get the nod.

Vying for the Best Actress in a Drama at tonight’s Golden Globes, the Carlow beauty has also been recognised for a BAFTA and SAG award for her turn in Colm Tóibín’s novel adaptation Brooklyn.

Previously nominated for an Oscar at the tender age of 13 for role in Atonement, the Secret Scripture’s film-maker believes the 21-year-old will get the honour again.

“It’s great this year. The Irish are doing so well. I am confident Saoirse will get nominated,” he said.

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Bets on: Jim insisted that Saoirse Ronan will be nominated for an Oscar | KYRAN O’BRIEN

The Dubliner added that Lenny Abrahamson’s flick Room has a “good chance” of getting an Oscar nomination – admitting it’s a great year for Irish film.

“I am confident Saoirse and Brie Larson will get nominated for the Oscar,” he told the Sunday Independent.

“I think Brooklyn and Room have a good chance of getting nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards. So, it is a great year for the Irish.”

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