lady bird

Saoirse Ronan

The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronan with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for her performance in Lady Bird at its annual Film Awards Gala on January 2.

Ronan joins previously announced 2018 honourees Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Holly Hunter, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell and The Shape Of Water.  

In Lady Bird, Ronan plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, who fights against, but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, strong-willed mom; a nurse working to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job.

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amid a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird examines relationships, beliefs, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Ronan recently won best actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and is nominated for best female lead from the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.

“Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination.  It is our honour to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”

Ronan began her career at 13-years-old in Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Her film credits include Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna, The Lovely Bones, and The Way Back

She recently wrapped production on Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach, and is currently in production on Focus Features’ Mary Queen Of Scots, playing the title character.

Ronan received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her performance in Brooklyn, going on to receive an Oscar nomination for best actress for the same role.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-15, 2018.