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Can someone ask Saoirse Ronan if she’s a fan of “Donatella” by Lady Gaga? Because apparently the Oscar-nominated starlet decided to ask her gay friends their advice before filming her new lesbian romance Ammonite.

Helmed by God’s Own Country director Francis Lee, Ammonite stars Ronan and Oscar winner Kate Winslet as two women who fall in love in 1840s England while hunting for fossils along the rocky coast. Winslet plays Mary Anning, a real-life paleontologist whose contributions to modern-day science are severely under-discussed. Ronan, meanwhile, plays Charlotte, a young woman grieving after the loss of her baby. When Charlotte’s wealthy but dismissive husband needs to travel abroad alone, he pays Mary to watch over his wife. The rest of the film follows the two women as they, well, I’m sure you get the picture.

While preparing for the film, both Winslet and Ronan went to great lengths to make sure they depicted the relationship shared between these two women as authentically as possible. In an interview with Variety during the Toronto International Film Festival, the 26-year-old Ronan even admits to consulting her gay friends for advice about what the film should look and feel like. While we may never know who said gay friends are, they (somewhat interestingly) told her that Disobedience (the 2018 Sebastián Lelio film starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) was the only film that felt authentic to them. Aside from that, the friends “didn’t really feel like there were many movies that actually represented the lesbian experience, and went into the intimacies of that. Not just the sexual side of it, but just the relationships as a whole.”

In the same interview, Ronan also opened up about why she took the role in the first place, admitting that she was drawn to the fact that it felt like the antithesis of Little Women, which she had just wrapped. While the “kinetic” Little Women was “very sort of full of life and very busy in every scene” with “a lot of cast members in every scene that we would do and lots of talking,” Ammonite, which largely plays out like a two-hander between Ronan and Winslet, felt more relaxed and calm. “I think just from an acting point of view it really interested me to play someone that was much more restrained,” she says.

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Having delivered one uplifting gay love story with his 2017 debut feature God’s Own Country, director Francis Lee hopes his second movie helps audiences realize “the power of love; the power of a deep, intimate, human relationship; the power of touch; and hope.” In the age of the coronavirus and self-isolation, the power of touch feels quite intense right now.

Ammonite, starring Oscar darlings Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, was announced as one of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival selections on Wednesday — even though the in-person gathering in France won’t go on as planned this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a recent interview with EW at the start of LGBTQ Pride Month, Lee briefly addressed the work, which he finished filming just before Hollywood was shuttered in the wake of worldwide lockdowns.

“I’m really excited about it,” Lee says over Zoom. “It’s all completely finished. I was very lucky and finished it all before lockdown — just!”

The film, set in a small coastal town in the 1840s, is inspired by the life of fossil-collecting paleontologist Mary Anning (played by Winslet). “It’s not a biopic,” Lee clarifies. “It’s just inspired by her life. I was incredibly lucky to work with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, and they play two women who develop an intense and intimate relationship.”

“I was very drawn to that period because of this wonderful research into same-sex female relationships of the period that are all very well documented with letters to each other, demonstrating wonderful, life-long, passionate, intense, emotional relationships,” he continued. “And I was fascinated to set this film in a period that was totally patriarchal and where women were completely owned by their fathers or their husbands, and looking at how they live within that world, and also in a world where, at that time, the medical profession believed that women had no sexual-pleasure organs. So, the idea of two women actually in a relationship together was just not a thought anybody ever had within society.”

Ultimately, Lee believes this story is about “hope.” “It’s a very hopeful film,” he adds — which also very much defines God’s Own Country.

With his first film, Lee told a love story between a closeted farmer, numbing his frustrations with alcohol and casual sex, and the Romanian migrant worker who comes to work on his family’s property. “I was talking to Josh [O’Connor] and Alec [Secareanu] last week,” Lee says of his two stars, “and I think all of us are still overwhelmed by the response from people with God’s Own Country. The film came out in 2017 and it seems as popular now as it was then with people either re-watching it or people discovering it for the first time. And what’s been incredible is the way in which people now see the film as part of their lives. Whether or not they go back to re-watch because they want to feel happy or they want to feel sad or they want to live within that relationship and those moments.”

Now Neon, which previously released queer films Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Beach Rats, will release Ammonite in the U.S.

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The nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards were announced early Monday morning, and among those competing for a coveted acting Oscar is, for the fourth time in her career, 25-year-old Saoirse Ronan — making her the second-youngest performer, male or female, to ever receive that number of Oscar nods.

The current record-holder, Jennifer Lawrence, has Ronan beat by mere months; she was also 25 when she nabbed her fourth Oscar nomination — best actress for Joy in 2015 — but Lawrence was about four months younger at the time than Ronan currently is.

The Little Women actress is competing in the best actress category this year, and could potentially take home her first-ever Oscar win should she beat Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Charlize Theron (Bombshell) or Renée Zellweger (Judy).

Ronan has been nominated in the category twice before: in 2016 for Brooklyn and in 2018 for Lady Bird. Prior to those nods, in 2008, she was up for best supporting actress at just 13 for her role in Atonement.

Little Women is also competing for best picture, adapted screenplay, original score, costume design and supporting actress for Florence Pugh.

See the full list of this year’s nominees here.

The 2020 Oscars are set to take place Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre. The ceremony, airing on ABC, will go hostless for the second year in a row.

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Saoirse Ronan’s idea of relaxing off-screen isn’t a spa day — it’s playing with sharp objects.

The 25-year-old, three-time Oscar nominee has just completed an introduction to cooking course she took with a friend in Edinburgh, shortly after wrapping production on “Little Women,” the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel that opens Dec. 25.

“Have you ever chopped garlic and it just gets stuck in your hands? If you run your fingernails down the safe edge of a steel knife under hot water, it comes right out,” Ronan tells Variety with an easy smile.
It’s not a huge revelation, she admits, but the actor says she needs to keep herself occupied between jobs. “I find my brain turns to mush. I go a bit thick when I’m not working, so I wanted to do something in the interim that’s not acting.”

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