- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Brie Larson won the Oscar for best actress Sunday night for her role as a kidnap victim in “Room.”

The young actress started her acceptance speech by thanking the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, where “Room” first played and ended by thanking “the audiences” who went to see a small film made with little money.

Miss Larson went into the night favored, as she had won the Golden Globe for dramatic actress (Miss Lawrence won for comic actress) and the British Oscar. She had never been previously been nominated for an Academy Award. Her most-prominent movie role before “Room” was in the small independent film “Short Term 12,” for which she won considerable critical praise.

The other four women nominated for best actress were Cate Blanchett for the title role in the forbidden-lesbian drama “Carol”; Jennifer Lawrence as home-shopping entrepreneur Joy Mangano in the biopic “Joy”; Charlotte Rampling as a wife preparing for her anniversary party in “45 Years”; and Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn” as an Irish immigrant to America in the early 1950s.

In her film, Miss Ronan plays a woman who was kidnapped and raped years ago and has borne a child (played by “my partner” Jacob Tremblay) who has never seen the world outside the shed in which they’ve both been confined.

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