Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan didn't know the Golden Globe nominations were being announced today.

"It was the afternoon in Dublin and I was getting my nails done—and I was getting them painted a gold color," she told me earlier today. "I've never had gold polish before. And then my phone kept ringing. I finally answered it and it was my publicist but I said I couldn't talk because I was getting a manicure. But then he told me. Everyone in the nail salon cheered and we had champagne.

Ronan earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her work in Brooklyn, a beautiful love story about Eilis, a young Irish woman (Ronan) who comes to the U.S. in the 1950s and falls for New York Italian plumber (Emory Cohen).

Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan, Eileen O'Higgins

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What you might not know is that Ronan was born in the Bronx. "I'm a New York girl!. My mom and dad did the same thing that Eilis did so it's very personal for me," Ronan said.

One can't help but think of Donald Trump. Where the GOP presidential candidate bases his entire  campaign on an xenophobic platform aimed at immigrants, Brooklyn celebrates the American dream and the immigrant experience.

"What an idiot," Ronan said of the politico. "I think he needs more than Brooklyn to sharpen up his mind a bit. Thank God not everyone thinks like that man. To have a film coming out around this time where there are so many immigrants that are just being so kind of thrown into the one group and being tarred with the one brush, it's unfair and it's prejudice. If you can take a story like this and look at one immigrant story and make it something that's individual and personal, hopefully people can then be more empathetic with all these people who are literally giving up everything they know and everything they have to have a better life, to have a life."

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