Saoirse Ronan has been tipped by US critics to receive her fourth Oscar nomination - this time for her performance in Little Women.

The new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age-story reunites Ronan with Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Timothée Chalamet and is released in cinemas on December 26.

The cast also includes Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson.

Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in Little Women - In cinemas on December 26

Ronan is playing Jo March, with Pugh portraying Amy March; Scanlen playing Beth March and Watson playing Meg March. Chalamet will play Laurie, with Dern as Marmee March and Streep as Aunt March.

Marc Malkin, Senior Film Awards, Events and Lifestyle Editor with entertainment trade daily Variety, tipped Ronan for a Best Actress nomination, with co-stars Pugh and Chalamet contenders in the supporting categories.

David Canfield, Books Editor and Awards Writer with Entertainment Weekly, also enthused about Ronan's performance, describing it as "fierce".

The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg wrote: "Ronan, though just 25, has established herself with voters in a big way - her likely Oscar nom, for best actress, would be her fourth, on the heels of 2007's Atonement, 2015's Brooklyn and 2017's Lady Bird, all of which were also nominated for best picture".

Writer Jenelle Riley was adamant Ronan would be on the shortlist when the Oscar nominees are announced on January 13, 2020.

Critic Scott Mantz described Ronan and Pugh's performances as "terrific", while writer-director Ben Mekler said the film marked Ronan's best work to date.

Viewers can judge for themselves when the film opens on December 26. 

Ronan joined her Little Women director and co-stars at a special screening at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

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