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Saoirse Ronan reacts to Oscar nomination

Saoirse Ronan reacts to Oscar nomination

Saoirse Ronan has reacted to the news that she's been nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars.

The 21-year-old Carlow native was nominated for her performance in Brooklyn.

In a statement released today, the actress said:"When we made Brooklyn, we had no idea of what was to come. It is the most personal film I have ever done, the hardest one too.

"I am honoured to represent this film with my friends - John, Nick, Finola, Yves, Colm, Amanda.

"This has all been a dream.

"To see how the film has been embraced has been heartwarming.

"Thank you so very much to The Academy - you are a group of people I respect greatly and to be recognized by you means so much. Thank you!"

Ronan is up against Brie Larson - who won Best Actress for Lenny Abrahamson's Room at Sunday night's Golden Globes -- Charlotte Rampling, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence.

Overall, it was a historic day for Irish film as homegrown talent was honoured with nine nominations.

Lenny Abrahamson was a surprise nomination for Best Director for Room, which was also nominated for Best Picture, while author Emma Donoghue was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film.

Stutterer by Irish director Benjamin Cleary was nominated for Best Live Action Short.

Michael Fassbender was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Steve Jobs.