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Ahoy folks! Yesterday afternoon, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards announced some more honorees, so of course that means it’s time for a new installment of the Hollywood Film Awards Series. A whole bunch of new Oscar contenders have been feted here, with Joel Edgerton, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, and Carey Mulligan chief among them. There’s also the animated feature Inside Out, so this is a pretty jam packed group today. I’ll be giving them moments in the sun below, but for a few, the Academy will have a bigger honor waiting for them soon enough…potentially even in the form of a gold statue. Here are the honors that were just announced for the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards: “Hollywood Actress Award” Carey Mulligan for Suffragette “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” Joel Edgerton for Black Mass “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” Adam McKay for The Big Short »
- Joey Magidson
"Joy" leading lady Jennifer Lawrence sits in third place on our Best Actress Oscar chart with 9/2 odds of winning behind Brie Larson ("Room") and Cate Blanchett ("Carol"). Three years ago, Lawrence became the second youngest-ever Best Actress champ at age 22 when she won for "Silver Linings Playbook." (Marlee Matlin was almost a year younger when she won for "Children of a Lesser God" in 1987). Were Lawrence to prevail again so soon, she'd knock almost three years off the record set by Luise Rainer who had just turned 28 when she claimed her second Oscar in a row for "The Good Earth" back in 1938. We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, to weigh in on her chances of repeating at the Oscars. Read some of their comments below and then join the fierce debate in our red-hot forums here. -Break- Golden Globes shakeup: 'Joy&# »
Focus Features hosted the New York premiere of “Suffragette” on Monday night at the Paris Theatre with stars Carey Mulligan and director Sarah Gavron. There was a collective sigh on the red carpet when a publicist announced Meryl Streep, who plays British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, had cancelled her appearance due to a last-minute delay. As her daughters Mamie and Louisa Gummer whisked by the red carpet, one reporter barked at them: “Where is your mom?”
“Suffragette,” which had been in development since 2008, arrives at a time when two women are running for president and A-list actresses are fighting back against sexism in the industry. “It feels like a real tipping point, because people are talking about it,” Gavron said. “It’s in the news. For the first time I can remember, people are really concerned about the imbalance and they are addressing it.” When she was growing up, Gavron »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Brie Larson got an early break co-starring in the Disney Channel movie “Right on Track.” But even at the age of 13, she knew that saying yes to subsequent offers from the kids’ network would mean her acting ambitions would veer off track.
“I just couldn’t do it. I always had this attraction to holding up a mirror to the world, and this didn’t feel like real life,” recalls the actress. “I wondered what would be the point.”
Now, at age 26, after a busy but largely unheralded career, Larson is suddenly breaking out as one of Hollywood’s latest discoveries for what is her most difficult — and personal — role yet. Her emotionally wrenching portrayal as a young mother (Ma) held prisoner in a shed with her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) in the upcoming film “Room” is already catapulting her to the forefront of the Oscar race. Debuting in Los »
- Jenelle Riley
Read More: 2016 Oscar Predictions Every year, a few actors from small films manage to make their way into the Oscar race. Think Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night," Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" or Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" in recent years. None of them were sure things until the morning when Oscar nominations were announced. With our fingers crossed for a few surprises, here's a look at performances that deserve to become the next Wallis or Bichir or Riva or Cotillard. The ladies start us off this week; our picks for male underdogs will follow. Commenters should keep in mind that the list does not include work that looks like a reasonable bet to get nominated (like Brie Larson in "Room" or Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in "Carol"), and that it only includes films currently scheduled for at least a qualifying run during the. »
- Peter Knegt
Baja California’s Los Cabos Film Festival has selected a mix of awards hopefuls, recent festival prizewinners and world premieres to screen in its official selection. Held in Cabo San Lucas, the fourth edition of the festival runs from Nov. 11 to 15.
The Competencia Los Cabos competition, which is made up of U.S., Mexican and Canadian films, will include Brie Larson starrer “Room,” which is already garnering Oscar buzz, Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar,” iPhone-shot “Tangerine” and Sundance prizewinner “James White.”
Also screening in the Competencia selection, which includes a $15,000 prize, are Sebastian Silva’s “Nasty Baby,” Mexican films “Chronic,” which competed in Cannes and “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” and Canada’s “Our Loved Ones” and “Sleeping Giant,” a Toronto prizewinner.
- Pat Saperstein
Few motion pictures will enter this year’s award circuit with as much good-will as Lenny Abrahamson’s family drama, Room. Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name, the poignant story features a young mother (Brie Larson) who looks after the son she birthed while housed in captivity in a dinky and drab shed.
As the footage released thus far has revealed, Larson’s character coaches Jack into believing that the titular, 10-by-10-foot adobe is the only object in existence, and anything beyond the windowless walls of their room is simply make belief. For all five years of Jack’s life, this is the only existence he has ever known, but the sense of comfort and control that Joy experiences – while bordering on agoraphobia – is enough to make her happy.
There comes a time when the pair are forced to leave the shed, however, and that »
- Michael Briers
This fall, no movie will give you as well-deserved or satisfying a big cry as Lenny Abrahamson's "Room." Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, and starring Brie Larson, the movie is already earning a lot of awards season talk following positive receptions at both Telluride and Tiff, and today we have an exclusive that will tug at the heartstrings. The moving drama tells the story of a young woman who cares for the young child she has given birth to while held in captivity for years. The small shed in which they live is the only world her son has ever known, but when a chance to escape presents itself, Ma sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life, and that of her son Jack's, forever. Below, you can hear Larson sing the traditional folk song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" to Jacob Tremblay, who »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, and Saoirse Ronan have a collective average age of roughly 25 years old (Ronan the youngest at 21, Mulligan the oldest at 30). Lily Tomlin, Maggie Smith, Charlotte Rampling and Blythe Danner, meanwhile, average out at 74 (Rampling the junior of the quartet at 69, Smith the senior at 80). These two groups of women — with nearly 50 years separating their age medians — make up eight of the 10 performances in major contention for this year's best actress Oscar. The other two? They're both care of Cate Blanchett. And if Blanchett hadn't just won her second Oscar two years ago, she'd be a likely frontrunner for either "Carol" or "Truth" (you can't be nominated for an acting Oscar twice in the same category in a given year). But it's unlikely voters will welcome Blanchett to the triple crown club so soon (remember how long it took Meryl?). That leaves this category wide open, »
- Peter Knegt
In the battle for Best Actress, Brie Larson ("Room") just moved ahead of Cate Blanchett ("Carol") according to the predictions of our Oscar experts from Yahoo, Variety, Rollling Stone, IMDb and other top media. As you can see above from the comparison of what we were thinking four weeks ago versus today, Larson has leapt from fifth to first while Blanchett, the one-time frontrunner, has slid to second. (Click on the image to explore these trends in-depth by selecting various dates in the two calendars.) Currently, nine of our 20 Oscar experts are betting on Larson to win for her breakout role as a kidnap victim in Lenny Abrahamson's crime thriller. That support translates into leading odds of 27/10 for her to win on her first nomination. And eight experts are backing Blanchett for her performance as a closeted lesbian in Todd Haynes' period drama. That gives this Aussie import »
Of One’s Own: Abrahamson Delivers Emotionally Potent Adaptation
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson continues his trajectory of unpredictable cinematic platforms with his latest film, Room, an adaptation of the bestselling 2010 novel from Emma Donoghue (here adapting her own source text for the screen). Though once again exploring dark psychological undercurrents with characters forced to undergo drastically juxtaposing realities, his latest is a tonally cohesive character study of a ripped-from-the-headlines scenario. Though eventually this cinematic treatment of survivor guilt and parental treatment isn’t quite as audacious as it sets out to be, as more or less related from a child’s perspective, it’s an emotionally resonant piece of work undoubtedly poised for awards glory at the end of the season thanks to its gratifying performances.
- Nicholas Bell
Already garnering awards from its time on the festival circuit, walking away with the People’s Choice Award in Toronto this year, Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room arrived in London this weekend for its premiere. Brie Larson is the brightest star in the film, with almost uniform critical acclaim afforded to her for her
- Jon Lyus
Room A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Lenny Abrahamson Written by: Emma Donoghue based on her novel Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Sean Bridgers Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 9/21/15 Opens: October 16, 2015 In his “Allegory of the Cave” Plato wrote of a small group of people living in a cave, the only environment they knew. They saw their shadows on the wall, projected by a fire, and considered these images to be reality. One day, a fellow escaped from the cave, went out into the sun, and marveled at what he saw. He returned [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
After years of turning in stellar performances in fare as diverse as Short Term 12, Digging for Fire and Trainwreck, Brie Larson is finally about to break out. Her performance in this fall’s Room is a veritable tour-de-force, and few things are as certain as her name coming up in association with all manner of awards later this year.
Now, TheWrap is reporting Larson has selected an appropriately buzzy follow-up pic in The Glass Castle, an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Jeanette Walls. Though talks are still in early stages, there’s reportedly a lot of interest on both sides.
Jennifer Lawrence was previously attached to take on the lead role in the pic, but that was two years ago and the Hunger Games actress’ schedule is looking even more packed now than it did then. It’s likely she just couldn’t find the time to fit »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though she had been attached to the film since 2012, problems locking down a male lead has seen Jennifer Lawrence depart memoir-based drama The Glass Castle. And the producers are already turning to another likely candidate, with Brie Larson in early talks to take over her role. If she does sign on, the job would see her reunite with Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton, who is attached to make the movie based on Jeannette Walls’ memoir. Her parents, Rex and Rose Mary Walls, were free spirits who lead a nomadic existence. Her mother was more concerned with painting and writing than, say, making dinner for her four kids, while her father could be inspiring and educational, but only when sober. The parents crumbled as their money ran low, and Jeanette and her siblings ended up more-or-less raising themselves. Despite this, the book is neither angry nor bitter but rather affectionate in tone. »
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
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.
Good morning bed. Good morning lamp. Good morning desk. Good morning walls. Good morning room. Hardly the kind of morning routine many of us would undertake as part of our daily rituals, but life for 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) isn’t one of normality, at least to us. For Jack lives in Room, a small 11ft by 11ft enclosure that is his world, his universe and his future, and as bleak as it sounds, for Jack is his everything. In Room with him is his Ma (Larson) who has been walking the same square of carpet, sharing the same »
- Scott J. Davis
Director John Crowley's Irish immigrant love story Brooklyn, acquired by Fox Searchlight at Sundance, has won the top audience award at the Vancouver Film Festival. Adapted from Colm Toibin's 2009 novel by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan and Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Domhnall Gleeson. Brooklyn is set in 1950s Ireland and centers on a young woman (Ronan) trapped between two men and two countries, and testing her commitment to true love and her duty to her home country. Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star. Vancouver audiences also named the Brie Larson-starrer Room the best Canadian
- Etan Vlessing
I wish I could have stopped the film — numerous times — simply to give myself a chance to step back from an emotional precipice of horror and tension. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I knew Room was going to be bad. I mean bad as an experience. Tough going. It is, after all, the story of a woman who has been held prisoner for years in a single small room with her young son, who is himself the product of repeated rapes by her captor. I mean, you know: Oh, gentlemen! Did you triumph over a mountain or a tightrope? This little girl survived a lot more than that, with no weapons and no training. Sure, this particular story is fictional, but it’s not fantasy. The novel »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence was originally tipped to star in and produce the film, but has now pulled out, according to The Wrap.
Larson can next be seen in the adaptation of Room, which has just nabbed the People's Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for Room below: »
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, »
- Scott J. Davis
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