Spirit Awards: Brie Larson Wins Best Female Lead, Thanks Her "Spirit Animal" Jacob Tremblay

"Thank you to my parents for supporting me through everything, even sometimes financially, because as we know, independent films don't pay," Larson said at the podium.

Brie Larson won best female lead at the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

The actress beat out Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (Tangerine) and Rooney Mara (Carol) to take home the trophy.

"I'm so excited to be with all of you because independent film is the best. It is what helped me grow up. It's what helped make me see what a real woman was, what real love looked like, what messiness of life looks like," Larson said as she stepped onstage. "I'm so excited to be in a room with such brave filmmakers."

The actress continued by thanking film editor Nathan Nugent, director Lenny Abrahamson, screenwriter and Room author Emma Donoghue, and "my spirit animal Jacob Tremblay, who is 45 years old."

"Thank you to my parents for supporting me through everything, even sometimes financially, because as we know, independent films don't pay," she joked, before giving a shout-out to her boyfriend Alex Greenwald (who shouted "I love you!" to the actress midspeech).

Larson has already taken home a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG award for her performance in Room and is in the running for best actress at Sunday's Academy Awards. In 2013, the actress was nominated for a Spirit Award for her leading role in indie film Short Term 12.

The awards were handed out in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica at a ceremony hosted by Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon.

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