After a few upsets in the supporting-performer categories, the presumptive winner, Brie Larson, took home the 2016 Oscar for best actress for her work in Room.
Larson began her speech by thanking the Telluride Film Festival before moving on to thank her partner in the film, Jacob Tremblay, and her partner in life, Alex Greenwald.
Larson capped off her speech by saying, “Thank you to the moviegoers. Thank you for going to the theaters and seeing our films.”
Back in September, Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson zeroed in on the film Room as a star-making performance for Brie Larson.
“Excitingly,” he wrote, “[Room] finds Larson making good on the promise she showed in the indie drama Short Term 12 two years ago.
Larson was largely known for comedy prior to that film-she was on The United States of Tara and in 21 Jump Street-so her soulful, perceptive performance came as something of a revelation.
Now, in Room, Larson tackles even weightier stuff, and proves herself more than up to the task.
That’s the most rewarding thing about this best-actress win for Larson.
So at the tender age of 26-but 18 years into her Hollywood career-Larson took home film’s top acting prize.