The young 'Room' actor has made Hollywood say "aww" with his endearing, humorous antics.
One of the biggest stars of the current awards season is arguably 9-year-old Room actor Jacob Tremblay. The precocious kid has charmed awards-ceremony and talk-show audiences with his endearingly honest and humorous comments. At afterparties, he's also stolen the spotlight by dancing to his "favorite jam," "Uptown Funk," and having a lightsaber battle with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Oscar Isaac.
He's also documented his memorable moments on social media, including posting photos to Instagram as he met A-listers like Johnny Depp, with whom Tremblay said he's now "best buddies," Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Lawrence.
Tremblay didn't land an Oscar nomination for his role in Room but he's set to present at the Feb. 28 ceremony, where co-star Brie Larson is up for best actress and Room is nominated for an additional three Oscars, including best picture. There's a good chance Tremblay will again steal the show.
Until that happens, take a look back at 10 of Tremblay's adorable awards season moments.
Less than a month after Room hit theaters in New York and L.A., Tremblay appeared for his first talk-show interview ever, on The Meredith Vieira Show. Wearing a sweater with a dog on it, Tremblay showed off his endearing honesty and sense of humor. When asked how he prepared for some of Room's sad scenes, including ones in which he had to cry, Tremblay said he'd go to his trailer, "sit down and I'd ignore everything that's happening and I'd think of sad stuff to get the tears going through my eyes and then I'd go on set and I'd just let them flow down."
He also talked about how he comforted Room co-star Brie Larson when the movie wrapped and she was sad she wouldn't be able to see him every day.
"I was like 'there, there,'" Tremblay said, miming patting Brie on the back as the audience laughed. "She was sad, but I said we're going to see each other again. There's going to be a premiere and there's going to be all this promoting and we're going to see each other again for all of that stuff and even the afterparty, so don't worry."
Tremblay also shared his love of Star Wars, revealing that his dream role in the franchise would be as a kid version of Luke Skywalker. Tremblay's Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow is also directing Star Wars: Episode IX so time will tell if Tremblay gets to make a cameo.
Even early in awards season, Tremblay was already adept at working a room. Circulating throughout the Governors Awards, Tremblay met Johnny Depp, who The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg observed bent down on one knee to introduce himself to Tremblay and straighten the young Room actor's tie. Tremblay Instagrammed their interaction later, saying the pair had quickly become "best buddies!" Later Larson told Vanity Fair that Tremblay and Depp have a handshake and that he was introducing people to her.
Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) November 16, 2015
Just a couple of months later, as Oscar season really kicked into high gear, Tremblay made the scene at the National Board of Review's awards gala in New York, where he joined Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah in accepting their joint prize for breakthrough performance. As he would go on to do at televised ceremonies like the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards, Tremblay stole the show. After stepping up on a riser so he could reach the microphone, Tremblay seemed overcome saying, "I just need a moment."
He added, "This is my first award and that makes me really happy. This is really something. The mind of me is so blown!"
Earlier, as Jason Segel explained when he presented Tremblay with his award, Tremblay offered to introduce his tablemate to his pal Depp.
"I told him I was too shy to meet Johnny Depp," Segel said. "In reality, I thought it would look like I was using a 10-year-old to meet Johnny Depp, which I'm not above doing … Then Jacob explained to me very sweetly that this might be the only chance I ever have to meet Johnny Depp … The lesson I learned is that I have a lot to learn from Jacob Tremblay."
Tremblay wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe, but he was clearly thrilled when his Room co-star Brie Larson won the award for best actress in a motion picture, drama. The 9-year-old hopped onto his chair to give Larson a standing ovation and was shown smiling in the audience as Larson thanked him, calling him "half of this award, half of my performance."
Later in the press room, Larson said Tremblay, "tackled me after I won, which made me cry." At the afterparty, Tremblay met Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaac, who was also a winner that night for his role in HBO's Show Me a Hero. Room studio A24, which also released Isaac's Ex Machina and A Most Violent Year, tweeted that the pair "had a Jedi battle," accompanying a photo of Tremblay and Isaac with a glowing lightsaber between them. Days later, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tremblay said he had a lightsaber behind his back and pulled it out and turned it on when he met Isaac.
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Days after meeting Isaac, Tremblay talked more about their Star Wars-themed chat, saying "We did talk about some cool stuff like, 'How was it like to work on Star Wars?' I did ask him, 'How creepy would it be to see yourself as an action figure?' … And he said, 'That was cool, but you know what's really creepy? Being on pillowsheets and blankets and yogurt.'
When Kimmel asked if Tremblay would "like to be on yogurt someday," Tremblay admitted he knows he has an adorable mug.
"I do have a delicious face but," he said trailing off as the audience applauded. "I do," he added, nodding and pointing to his face.
Tremblay was named best young actor/actress at the Critics' Choice Awards and won over the audience with his sweet acceptance speech.
"This is super cool. This is the best day of my life," he said after presenter Bradley James maneuvered the microphone so Tremblay could speak into it without it covering his face.
Many of the audience members appeared visibly moved when Trembly humbly thanked those who voted for him, saying, "It must be a super hard vote because of all the other great actors in this category."
In closing, he said he would put the award "on the shelf right beside my Millennium Falcon."
After his win, Tremblay busted a move to his "favorite jam," Instagramming a short video of him dancing to "Uptown Funk" at the afterparty. Even the artist behind the hit single took notice, with Mark Ronson tweeting that he was "honoured to be Jacob Tremblay's celebration tune."
After seeing Room, honoured to be Jacob Tremblay's celebration tune https://t.co/9HUeEI6AhA— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) January 19, 2016
Tremblay continued his awards-show charm offensive at the SAG Awards, where he joined his Room co-star Larson to present the best male actor in a TV movie or miniseries award to Luther’s Idris Elba. During their remarks, Larson suggested they hadn't seen each other in a while, leading Tremblay to quip, "It’s award season. I’ve been working the circuit."
Later he reminisced about his first SAG Award nomination, this year, for his role in Room: "I was only nine years old and I was competing against Batman," the nine-year-old said of fellow best supporting actor nominee Christian Bale. Both Bale and Tremblay lost to Elba, however.
Just days after the SAG Awards, Tremblay made another adorable talk-show appearance, this time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he admitted that he scored his photo with Leonardo DiCaprio by cutting the line to meet the Revenant star. After pointing out that DiCaprio won in his category but Tremblay didn't, the young actor offered some advice to awards hopefuls, "If you want to win you just have to come up to me."
On Ellen, Tremblay revealed that he wants to be a screenwriter or director when he grows up, but he declined to reveal his script ideas, saying, "I don't think I should tell you them, because I don't want some Steven Spielberg-George Lucas-JJ Abrams to come and make millions of dollars off of my ideas."
DeGeneres also gave him a Star Wars tux and helmet to wear to the Oscars. Tremblay later Instagrammed himself wearing the helmet.
After Instagramming pictures of himself meeting A-listers like Depp, DiCaprio and Rachel McAdams, Tremblay continued to post photos with more top stars at this year's Oscar luncheon. He captioned his photo with Jennifer Lawrence, "J-Trem meets J-Law" and playfully threw punches at Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.
Derek Zoolander isn't the only ridiculously good-looking star with model-like looks. Tremblay demonstrated three looks of his own, including his own version of "Blue Steel" on Conan in early February. The other two, which looked strikingly similar to each other and to "Blue Steel," were nods to his Canadian heritage: "Canadian Bacon" and "Maple Syrup." As Mugatu would say, "They're the same face!"
But to paraphrase the villainous fashion designer, anyone immune to Tremblay's charms may indeed be "taking crazy pills."