‘Room’ Star Brie Larson to Be Honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Awards season frontrunner Brie Larson will join the list of honorees at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival as the recipient of the breakthrough performance award, the PSIFF announced Friday.

Larson is being feted for her intense, Oscar buzz-generating performance as Ma in Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room.” Her character mothers a young boy whom she’s forced to raise in captivity. The film follows the harrowing journey of the mother-son duo’s struggle to adapt to freedom after years of being held in confinement.

“Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under unimaginable circumstances,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.

PSIFF’s Breakthrough Performance Award — previously given to Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) — will be presented to Larson at the festival’s annual awards gala, which will be held on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. She will be recognized alongside previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp and Saoirse Ronan.

The Palm Springs Film Festival runs Jan. 1-11.

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