Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Oscar for ‘Room’

Brie Larson Oscars 2016
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Her 'Room' journey began at Telluride and culminated with Oscar gold.

Brie Larson’s “Room” journey began in Colorado at the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival and culminated Sunday night with an Oscar for best actress. Indeed, Larson even took a moment to thank the fest, along with the Toronto Film Festival (where “Room” won the audience award), for kick-starting the film’s course.

“The thing that I love about movie-making is how many people it takes to make it,” Larson said moments after Eddie Redmayne opened the envelope and announced her name to the Dolby Theatre audience. “Thank you to the moviegoers.”

Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) also competed in the category.


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Larson has been a dominant force ever since the first baubles were handed out, starting with a National Board of Review prize to kick things off in December. She picked up awards from critics groups across the country, including those from Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis and many more, before claiming both the Screen Actors Guild award and the Golden Globe.

In a year when diversity has become such a hot-button topic, it’s worth pointing out that Larson told Variety in September that achieving an inclusive mix of stories on screen is a specific goal of hers.

“I think a lot about my little sister,” she said at the time. “She’s going to college. She is pretty in touch with what’s going on with current events. But she is a white American girl and she watches white American movies. I would love to create more space for her complication, for stepping outside of clichés and showing women and other races and other sexualities — all the complexities instead of just focusing so much on the surface issues.”



Film Review: ‘Room’ (2015)

“Room” was also nominated for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. Larson started out as a child actress, starring in the 2001 WB Network sitcom “Raising Dad.” She gained notice as a series regular in the 2009-2011 Showtime dramedy “United States of Tara,” playing Toni Collette’s daughter, and she also had a recurring role in NBC’s “Community.” Larson’s film career picked up steam after she won praise for the indie film “Short Term 12” in 2013.

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  1. I can’t say I like the choice, she’s a fantastic actor but she’s way too young to play a character that’s a senior officer in the Air Force. I think an actress in their late 30s to mid 40s would fit better for the part. I’d heard Katheryn Winnick from Vikings bandied about and I think she fits the role perfectly with her age, athleticism and martial arts background. I guess they want a bigger name?

  2. dr Shweta nagar says:

    This was a widely deserved win , Brie’s performance was a stand out in Best Actress category and no actress would match her performance’s versitality. It’s hard to imagine that an actress just 26 gives such a complex and powerful performance and besides being a great actress she is a greater human being (hugging every abuse victim after Lady Gaga’s performance at the oscars). LOVE BRIE LARSON..

  3. starlord says:

    Room was very underwhelming. It is the most inherently emotional subject matter imaginable but it managed to drain any emotion from the subject. Brie’s character does not grow at all and her limitations as an actress become evident. She has a very limited stock of expressions even when her character only has to express anger/sadness. Her primary expression is to become wide eyed which she did over a dozen times. Room was a missed opportunity and by focusing on Tremblay Brie’s character never grows. Fortunately for her neither Lawrence or Blanchett were in the running. Lawrence is not winning 2 at 25 even if Joy had been better received. And Blanchett was not getting three so quickly. Brie was the best of what’s left, but I thought Winter’s Bone, a comparable film, had a much better story and lead performance. But there was no Black Swan this year.

    • starkillerz says:

      You have no idea what you are talking about.

      • starlord says:

        I think I do. But so what? It is over and done. I just want my money back for watching Room. How a film managed to make a character who is so tragically sympathetic so annoying that you are happy she disappears later in the film is a minor miracle.

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