With the Golden Globes taking place this Sunday, American TV host Ellen DeGeneres has gone to great lengths to make sure her peers know how to pronounce Carlow native nominee Saoirse Ronan's name. Take note Denis Quaid!
After Dennis Quaid's diabolical attempt at pronouncing Saoirse Ronan's name at the Golden Globes nominations ceremony – he called her Sheesha! – Ellen DeGeneres has gone to great lengths to make sure that no one gets it wrong this Sunday.
21-year-old Ronan stopped by The Ellen Show yesterday for a chat (will be aired in the US today) and was presented with one of DeGeneres' special gifts – a huge wearable sign that reads, "Hello, my name is Sur-Sha". It even features special pockets for champagne bottles and snacks.
We will be watching closely to see if Ronan chooses to accessorise her red carpet look with the personalised placard.
DeGeneres isn't the only celebrity campaigning for the correct pronunciation of Ronan's first name. While presenting her with the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards in November Ryan Gosling gave the audience a lesson in the delivery of Saoirse.
"It's Ser-sha, like inertia," The Big Short actor clarified.
Speaking about Gosling's elocution lesson Ronan told People magazine: "Someone sent me a photo two weeks later of a cinema in Minnesota, and on the sign in the front it said Brooklyn and then underneath it said, 'Ser-sha, Like Inertia'.
"I couldn't believe it! They actually put it on the front of the cinema, so the power of Ryan Gosling is stronger than anything else."
Ronan has garnered plenty of awards buzz for her performance in John Crowley's romantic drama Brooklyn. As well as her Golden Globe nod she has also picked up a SAG nomination for Best Actress, and is hotly tipped to earn her second Oscar nomination. She also won the award for Best Actress at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier this week.
Now here's hoping whoever is presenting the Best Actress gong at the Golden Globes actually gets the chance to announce Saoirse Ronan as the winner!
Yes, they can say Quvenzhané Wallis, but they can't say Saoirse Ronan.— Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (@RossOCK) December 10, 2015