Saoirse Ronan lost out at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, whilst London Irishman Martin McDonagh won awards for his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Ronan was thought to have a strong chance of winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role; in the end her performance in the acclaimed film Lady Bird was not enough and the award was instead given to Frances McDormand who starred in McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The black comedy about a bereaved mother’s controversial attempts to force police to keep investigating her daughter’s murder also won Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture and cast member Sam Rockwell won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
Whilst the night might have been disappointing for Ronan - whose performance in Lady Bird earned her Best Actress at the Golden Globes - bookies in Ireland have reported that punters are very hopefully she’ll do better at the upcoming Academy Awards this year.
A spokesperson for Paddy Power told The Times, “Saoirse Ronan, unsurprisingly, is our most popular selection in the best actress category, with 50 percent of all bets being placed on her. If she does win, it’ll be great news for everyone in Ireland apart from us, as we could be facing a considerable payout.”