Dublin director Lenny Abrahamson’s movie Room scoops Oscar

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Irish-linked drama Room did incredibly well at the Oscars last night! Lead actress Brie Larson collected the award for lead actress for her performance as ‘Ma’ beating off stiff competition from Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Room was nominated in all leading categories including best director for Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did), best adapted screenplay for Irish author Emma Donoghue and the hotly-contested best picture category for Element Pictures producer Ed Guiney.

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Speaking on the win, Guiney commented:

“We are so pleased for Brie and proud of her achievement. It is testimony to Lenny’s talent as a director and Emma’s as writer that Room has being so well received critically, performed so well at the box office and now pulled off this incredible coup of four Oscar nominations and one Oscar win for Brie.”

Room stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, Room.

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Larson had won respective awards from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), among many others.

Room tells the story of Jack and Ma, trapped in a soundproof room against their will by Old Nick. It’s an emotional tale told through the eyes of Jack and one that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit.  

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced Room with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.