Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Brooklyn' Star Saoirse Ronan Tapped for International Honor

The 21-year-old Irish actress is currently receiving rave reviews for her performance as an Irish immigrant to America in John Crowley's drama.
Austin Hargrave
Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan, the prodigious Irish actress who was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13 and now, at 21, is anchoring one of the most acclaimed films of the year, Brooklyn, has been tapped by the Palm Springs International Film Festival for its International Star Award.

She will pick up the honor at the 27th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2. This year's fest runs Jan. 1-11.

Previous recipients of the International Star Award include Biutiful's Javier Bardem (2010) and Hitchcock's Helen Mirren (2013).

"From her unforgettable roles in Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel, we have seen Saoirse Ronan grow from a young girl to the accomplished actress she is today,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “In John Crowley’s new film Brooklyn, Ronan gives a mesmerizing performance as a young woman from Ireland who is offered the chance of a new life in New York. Ronan embodies the grace and depth of a classic Hollywood screen star. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2016 International Star Award to her.”

The fest previously announced that Carol and Truth actress Cate Blanchett will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress). It will announce its other honorees in the coming days and weeks.