Saoirse Ronan has been tipped by US critics to receive her fourth Oscar nomination - this time for her performance in Little Women.
The film's ensemble cast, which includes Gerwig's Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, is receiving universal acclaim.
The cast also includes Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson.
While the novel has been adapted numerous times for the big and small screen, Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 film, considered a classic version of the story, previously landed three Oscar nominations: Best Actress, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
It appears Gerwig’s new movie is a strong contender in these races and more.
Ronan plays aspiring writer Jo March. Florence Pugh is Amy. Emma Watson is Meg.
Following the Los Angeles screening, Variety’s awards writer Jenelle Riley made a prediction that “Saoirse Ronan is going to land her fourth Academy Award nomination for ‘Little Women’ at the age of 25.”
Support for Ronan was widespread, with Awards Circuit’s Clayton Davis writing, “Saoirse Ronan makes all this look easy, once again proves she is one of our most gifted actresses working.”
Saoirse Ronan is going to land her fourth Academy Award nomination for #LittleWomen at the age of 25. In related news, I needed a two-hour nap today after stubbing my toe.— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) October 24, 2019
However, Pugh also dazzles as New York Times writer Kyle Buchanan hails her as the MVP of the movie, writing, “She’s hilarious and winning as Amy, the character best served by Gerwig’s structural gambits.”
Entertainment Weekly’s David Canfield called Pugh “astonishing” in the role.
Gerwig’s script takes a new approach to Alcott classic, breaking up her linear story to start the film when the main characters are adults.
The film incorporates flashbacks and tells the story of the older and younger March sisters simultaneously. The first reactions have largely praised Gerwig’s narrative gamble.