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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Oscar for ‘Room’

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.

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.”

“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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