Oscars 2016: Brie Larson wins Best Actress

The star of Room saw off competition from Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett

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After sweeping the board this awards season, hot favourite Brie Larson has won the Best Actress prize at the 88th Academy Awards, beating out the likes of Cate Blanchett (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) to claim the top prize for her performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.

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“The thing that I love about movie making is how many people it takes to make it,” she said, after picking up her coveted prize.

She went on to thank her family and the cast and crew of Room, including 9-year-old star Jacob Tremblay, “my partner through this.” 

“Thank you to the movie goers. Thank you for going to see our films,” she concluded. 

Room – the story of a mother and her son (played by Jacob Tremblay) who are imprisoned in a squalid room but find imagination and hope in their grim surroundings – has attracted rave reviews since its release, and has already seen Larson collect top honours for lead actress at the Baftas, Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. 

Room went into tonight’s Oscars ceremony with four nominations – a best picture nod, plus chances for Larson, director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriter Emma Donoghue to pick up a coveted golden statuette. 

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The 88th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by comedian Chris Rock.