Killarney’s leading lady described as a superstar

A screen-grab showing Robert De Nero announcing the Leading Lady shortlist of Jessie Buckler, Renée Zellweger, Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron.

BAFTA’s leading lady has a leading lady of her own – Killarney’s very own superstar Jessie Buckley.

Renée Zellweger – who won the top award at the gala ceremony last night for her role in Judy – immediately paid a glowing tribute to her co-star who was also nominated for her brilliant performance in Wild Rose.

“Jessie, by the way, you are a superstar,” Zellweger said from the stage where she was presented with her BAFTA by Robert De Nero.

“I’m so proud of you. You are such a special person,” she said to the Killarney native who played Rosalyn Wilde in Judy.

Zellweger continued her remarkable shout-out to Jessie: “You elevate everything that you do. I love you and I admire you and I’m so grateful for our collaboration. Thank you for our friendship”.

The cameras picked up an image of Jessie and her brother Killian enjoying the night

Jessie was shortlisted for a BAFTA for her performance in Wild Rose and the 29-year-old was also nominated in the Hollywood Film Critics’ Awards, in the category of Breakthrough Performance Actress, again for her role as Rose Lynn Harlan in the gritty Scotland based musical drama.

Jessie Buckley: BAFTA nomination

She was deemed a winner for her song, Glasgow, which she performed in the movie and she shared the award with the legendary Elton John who was accepting for his song (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from the film Rocketman.

At the BAFTAs ceremony in London last night, Jessie was accompanied by her brother, Killian, which prompted their dad, Tim Buckley, to remark on Facebook: “It’s a great honour to have my daughter Jessie nominated in best actress category. Just hoping camera will pan to her brother Killian because to see him dressed to kill rather than straddled with ropes and climbing gear will be an eye-opener”.

As it happened, the camera did zoom in on the siblings, sitting smilingly directly behind Quentin Tarantino.

Aside from Renée Zellweger and Jessie Buckley, the others on the Leading Lady shortlist at the BAFTSa were Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan and Charlize Theron.

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