Room – The Little Movie that Could

I was tentative to see Room in a theater because of the delicate subject matter, but I had read rave reviews and was curious to see Brie Larson’s performance.

Aside from Brooklyn, which I loved, the other Oscar-nominated 2015 movies are big budget studio films with a star director or well-known actors. It’s important to support independent films with stories most people never get to see or experience. I skipped The Revenant, Spotlight and The Big Short, in favor of Room.

Room was disturbing and heartbreaking, yet full of promise and possibilities. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay (aged 7 when he made the film) as Ma and Jack were wondrous together as young mother and son. I must have cried for the majority of the movie witnessing both of them having their childhood taken away from them. Room proves that despite the horrifying circumstances, all Ma and Jack needed was each other to survive, love and live.

In real life, because of the Room experience, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay refer to each other as her/his best friend. They bonded over Star Wars and Legos.

How amazing that this little movie that could is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Brie Larson, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue, who wrote the original 2010 novel. It’s a shame that Jacob Tremblay did NOT get nominated for an Oscar, but at least he won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Performer. His acceptance speech was adorable and it will be interesting to see his career path as he gets older.

The Director, Lenny Abrahamson, said that he cast Brie Larson after his team recommended that he watch her performance in Short Term 12 (2013).

The momentum for Best Actress is with Brie Larson who has been winning all the awards leading up to the Oscars, including the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards. In interviews, she has said that, “she was not pretty enough to play the popular girl or mousy enough to play the mousy girl. So she never fit in and would get close (to landing roles but did not). She wasn’t a cliche and never got anywhere with anything…”

Brie Larson – this is your time to shine and make people take notice. Bravo for your courageous and bold performance.

#roomthemovie #BrieLarson #JacobTremblay #Oscars

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