Saoirse Ronan has said thinking too much about Oscar nominations would turn her into a “basketcase” after taking home the best actress award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) for her role in Brooklyn.
Ronan, who plays a young Irish immigrant in the film, beat Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling and Alicia Vikander to win the prize.
Asked how she felt about talk of her winning an Oscar nomination, Ronan said: “You know obviously you’re aware of that kind of discussion but you can’t think about it too much because you will become a basketcase so I’m trying not to think about that but it’s still, it’s lovely to be part of that whole discussion.”
Kate Winslet, who received the Variety Award for helping “to focus the international spotlight on the UK”, said she had learned the most about acting while working on the job with British talent and British technicians.
Chiwetel Ejiofor took home the The Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film.