Brie Larson, who is getting tons of awards buzz for her work in Room, will be honored with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Awards Gala, which will also feature previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, and Saoirse Ronan, takes place Saturday January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“Brie Larson breathes vibrant life into the character of Ma from Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel Room. 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,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For this stand-out performance, it is an honor to present her with the 2016 Breakthrough Performance Award.”
Now playing in select theaters, Room centers on Ma (Larson), a woman who, along with her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), are trying to adapt to the outside world after spending years trapped in a locked shed by Ma’s abductor. The movie, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, also stars Joan Allen and William H. Macy as Ma’s parents.
During the press day for Room, I asked Brie Larson if making Room was an exacting experience:
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