Actress Saoirse Ronan and writer-director Martin McDonagh were the big Irish winners at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
On a night when the stars took a stand against harassment in the entertainment industry by wearing black, Ronan won Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Lady Bird.
McDonagh picked up the award for Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Lady Bird, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age story, was also named Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the awards.
Accepting her award, Ronan said: “My mam’s on FaceTime over there on someone’s phone right now, so hi!
She added: “I just want to say how inspirational it’s been to be in this room” before thanking “all of the women who I love so much in my own life who support me every single day”.
Ronan was previously nominated for Best Actress for her performances in Brooklyn and Atonement.
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McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest film winner on the night, walking away with four awards from the six categories it was nominated in, including Best Motion Picture – Drama. However, McDonagh did lose out to The Shape of Water‘s Guillermo del Toro for Best Director.
McDonagh said: “It’s my mum’s birthday tomorrow; she likes this kind of thing. So happy birthday, mum – even though I think she wanted Lady Bird to win!”
There was disappointment, however, for Irish Outlander star Caitriona Balfe, who lost out in the Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama category to The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss.