Best Actress 2015: Brie Larson for Room


The Facts

Oscar History
Larson has yet to receive an Oscar nomination

This Year
Larson has

Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Ma, who raises her only son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) in a single room

U.S. Distributor: A24
U.S. Release Date: Oct. 16, 2015 (limited)

  • Telluride Film Festival – World Premiere (Sept. 4, 2015)
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Canadian Premiere (Sept. 15, 2015)
  • Mill Valley Film Festival – California Premiere (Oct. 2015)
  • BFI London Film Festival – Official Competition (Oct. 11, 2015)

Why? A critical darling, Larson gets the spotlight in this acclaimed indie drama. (Also, voters will recognize her from Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck if Universal pushes the Amy Schumer-led comedy for awards consideration.) The raves for Larson and Room as a whole are hardly surprising, given distributor A24’s consistency…

Why not? As far as quality is concerned. But the distributor comes up short when it comes to getting their films seen and, ultimately, into the Oscar conversation. Case in point: Just last year, Oscar shut out J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year despite its National Board of Review wins for film, actor, and supporting actress.


Ranking: No. 17 as of Sept. 7, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Brie Larson for Trainwreck
  • Best Supporting Actress 2015: Joan Allen for Room
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: William H. Macy for Room
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Jacob Tremblay for Room
  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2015: Emma Donoghue for Room

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