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Saoirse Ronan Honors Irish Heritage in Green Calvin Klein Gown at Oscars 2016

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Saoirse Ronan hails from Ireland and plays an Irish immigrant in Brooklyn, which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. So what better way to pay tribute to her and her character’s roots than by wearing a green gown on the Oscars 2016 red carpet?

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Indeed, the actress chose an emerald green sequined plunging gown by Calvin Klein Collection specifically to honor her Irish heritage. It’s a move she pulled before: She also wore the same shade in 2008 to her very first Oscars red carpet. “I wore green back then too because I’m proud to be Irish. Calvin Klein made it for me,” she told ABC.

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For the then 13-year-old, her look it was a shade brighter—and a bit more conservative—with a lace-accented neckline and delicate cap-sleeves.

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While this year’s dress is sculpted to her exact body measurements, it’s apparently more comfortable than it appears. “I feel like I’m in my sweats or something—or a really beautiful sequin version,” she said on the red carpet.

Of course, her nomination is cause enough for her to shine on the red carpet. Ronan previously told reporters the best part of playing the role, Eilis Lacey, in Brooklyn wasn’t all the award recognition; it was the fans’ reactions to the film that she treasured most.

“Someone last night came up to me at a [Q&A] – he’s from Brooklyn, his dad is Italian, his mom’s Irish, he grew up in New York and the story just really resonated with him,” she said ahead of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “And he said that he could really appreciate what they had gone through. And I thought that was lovely. Out of everything, to get a response like that is the world.”

Do you like her look? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil