BEST FEMALE LEAD: Room
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
Brie Larson has built an impressive career as one of the more versatile young actresses working today. She garnered numerous 2014 Best Actress award wins and nominations for her performance in Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Her dramatic role as Grace, the director of a foster care facility, earned her Best Actress wins at the Locarno Film Festival and Gotham Awards and a Best Actress nomination at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Earlier this year she appeared in a supporting role in the Judd Apatow-directed film Trainwreck, and in a lead role in the film adaptation of Emma Donaghue’s best-selling novel Room. Up Next, she will be seen in the Martin Scorsese executive produced ‘70s crime thriller, Free Fire, opposite Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.
Last year, Larson co-starred in the Paramount film, The Gambler, opposite Mark Wahlberg. In 2013, the Los Angeles Times labeled her the "It Girl" of the SXSW film festival with four films showing. In addition to Short Term 12 (which took home the Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award), she had supporting turns in The Spectacular Now opposite Shailene Woodley, playing Miles Teller’s seemingly perfect girlfriend, as well as Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, playing the cynical/realist sister of Gordon-Levitt’s character. Both films were also at the Sundance Film Festival.
Prior, Larson was seen in the hugely successful film, 21 Jump Street as the love interest to Jonah Hill, and received rave reviews for her supporting role in the Oren Moverman film Rampart, playing the incorrigible, defiant daughter of Woody Harrelson, a dirty cop in Los Angeles’ Rampart division. Larson is still widely recognized for her portrayal of Kate, Toni Collette’s sarcastic and rebellious daughter, in Showtime’s breakout drama United States of Tara, which was created by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody and based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg. Other notable credits include Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where she played the rock star ex-girlfriend of Michael Cera, and Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg as a young temptress flirting with Ben Stiller. She has appeared on stage at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival in the role of “Emily” in Our Town and recurred on the F/X cult favorite series, The League as an overly amorous Au Pair.
In addition to acting, Larson is a writer and director. Her short film The Arm won the prize for Best Comedic Storytelling at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The other, Weighting, was in competition at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A native of Sacramento, Larson started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Larson currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.