For her performance in the movie, Room, Brie Larson will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala on Jan,. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The Gala will also present an award to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, and Saoirse Ronan. The Festival runs Jan. 1-11.
“Brie Larson breathes vibrant life into the character of Ma from Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel Room,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under unimaginable circumstances.”
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner. In the years they were honored, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards, while Huffman, Pike and Renner received nominations.
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. Based on the award-winning bestseller by Emma Donoghue, the film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and also stars Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy.
Larson garnered numerous 2014 Best Actress award wins and nominations for her performance in Short Term 12 including Best Actress wins at the Locarno Film Festival and Gotham Awards, and a nomination at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Her other film credits include Trainwreck, The Gambler, The Spectacular Now, Don Jon, 21 Jump Street, Rampart, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and Greenberg. Her next film is Free Fire and she’s currently filming Kong: Skull Island.
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