Saoirse Ronan's own homesickness made her Oscar nomination for 'Brooklyn' more "wonderful".

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

The 21-year-old actress - who is up for Best Actress at tonight's (28.02.16) Academy Awards - can understand why the movie was so "relatable" because she herself had only left home months before she started work on the film.

She said: "I think, the universality of the topic of homesickness is something that made this film very relatable I had just left home eight months before so I was very homesick and getting used to growing up I suppose.

"There's something very jarring about that, and so to make a film about that made it even more surreal - but that's what's so wonderful about this I think."

And Saoirse is delighted the movie - the story of a young Irish woman who falls in love when she moves to Brooklyn, only for events to force her to choose between two countries - has tugged on people's heartstrings.

She told E! News presenter Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles: "We've made a few people cry with it, so that's good."

The blonde starlet was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for 'Atonement' in 2007 and admits she is having a very different Oscars experience this time round.

She explained: "It's completely different because I know people now, but it's lovely.

"I think when I was here before it was my very first awards show and it was so huge and I didn't know anyone, it was a very different experiencing.

"But I've been publicising this for a year and it's our last hurrah, it means a lot, it's very exciting."

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