Instant Follow Friday: Brie Larson Earns Her First Golden Globes Nod

Brie Larson’s tour on the awards circuit begins.

The 26-year-old actress was nominated for her first Golden Globes and SAG awards this week, earning Best Actress nods for her intense role in Room. 

Larson, who we first fell in love with on the short-lived United States of Tara as Toni Collette’s eccentric but sweet daughter, is perfection alongside her 9-year-old co-star Jacob Tremblay in the drama, based off of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel of the same name.

She plays Ma, who is held captive with her 5-year-old son Jack in a small squalid room with no windows, save for a skylight in the ceiling. Critics and awards voters seem to agree that Room and Larson are the ones to watch, even if Larson doesn’t seem to agree.

When called an “it girl” by CBS News Sunday Morning, for example, Larson replied, “What is ‘it’?”

She went on, laughing, “But what is ‘it’? There is no ‘it.’ And who was ‘it’ before ‘it’? And when does ‘it’ go away? When did I get ‘it’? Who’s gonna take ‘it’?”

Her sentiment resonates, since the need to label and classify everything can be so harmfully pervasive even despite the best intentions to be positive and uplifting. Larson points out her discomfort with the “it girl’s” end date, and rightfully so. Hollywood need not have one and only one “it girl,” nor is it true that Hollywood only has room for one and only one “it girl.”

Kudos to Larson for so candidly pointing out the absurdity of the term on an early Sunday morning news show. Beyond her sharp wit and easy humor, Larson is an Instagram pro:

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Lastly, she dedicated a gracious post in thanks to her Golden Globes nomination:

Almost exactly a year ago this photo was taken after completing the last scene, on the last day of filming @roomthemovie. There were so many emotions: the worry that maybe we screwed it up, the pain of saying goodbye to my newly found family, and the anticipation of knowing it would someday be shared with the world.

Hearing the @goldenglobes nominations this morning reminded me of all the hard work and dedication we put into this project. As people we must keep trying, evolving and participating in this life without knowing what the future holds. Sometimes it pays off in a very surreal way. I am so filled with love for the many people who helped make this film the beautiful thing that it is. Thank you #HFPA for recognizing this labor of love. And thank you to all the ticket holders who took the time to take in a film we love so much. Congrats Emma, congrats Lenny, congrats Joan and Jacob. I cannot wait to hug and toast you. I’m feeling all the things this morning.

Almost exactly a year ago this photo was taken after completing the last scene, on the last day of filming @roomthemovie. There were so many emotions: the worry that maybe we screwed it up, the pain of saying goodbye to my newly found family, and the anticipation of knowing it would someday be shared with the world. Hearing the @goldenglobes nominations this morning reminded me of all the hard work and dedication we put into this project. As people we must keep trying, evolving and participating in this life without knowing what the future holds. Sometimes it pays off in a very surreal way. I am so filled with love for the many people who helped make this film the beautiful thing that it is. Thank you #HFPA for recognizing this labor of love. And thank you to all the ticket holders who took the time to take in a film we love so much. Congrats Emma, congrats Lenny, congrats Joan and Jacob. I cannot wait to hug and toast you. I’m feeling all the things this morning.

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