Saoirse Ronan will forever have “Oscar-nominated’ appended to her name from here forward. That is unless the enchanting Irish actress can replace that happy adjective with “Oscar-winner.” She’s got a real chance for her quiet, astounding performance in Brooklyn — which is just the kind of film the Academy likes to reward, by the way. It’s tender, aching, beautiful, and with its actions and troubles safely in the past.
[Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn: A Novel at Amazon]
Ronan is a nice easy name to prounounce, but what to do with that troublesome first name. How say you, Saoirse? Dublin native and pop culture writer Niall McArdle helps out. “It’s best pronounced SIR-sha or SEER-sha,” McArdle reports. Since her career is about to hit the stratosphere and she may even get one of those golden statuettes, people will have to remember this if they want to chat up the Oscars or play effective Jeopardy! The good news is it’s quite mellifluous, isn’t it? Sir-sha, Seer-sha. Either way.