SAG Awards: Brie Larson Wins Best Actress in a Leading Role

She accepted the award for her performance in ‘Room.’

Brie Larson on Saturday won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actress in a leading role.

She was nominated for her performance in Room along with Cate Blanchett (Carol), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back).

"I feel like I was born questioning everything about reality, feeling lost and alone and always worried that I was deeply unlovable," said Larson while accepting the award. "And watching your movies, to all of my SAG members, made me feel less alone and made me feel like that was a safe place for me to explore my creativity.”

The actress, who presented earlier in the night with her Room co-star Jacob Tremblay, stars in the film as a mother who is held captive and raises her young son in a 10'-by-10' shed. She also won a Golden Globe earlier this month for her role in Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel. 

The film has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress mentions.

Backstage after she accepted her award, Larson, who wore a powder-blue Versace gown, said the best advice she's received is to take a nap. “I did a film with Michael Chapman [a director of photography] when I was 15 years old and he really inspired me so much," she said. "He’s the only person I asked, ‘Can you give me some advice?’ He said, ‘Always take a nap at lunch.’ And I do stick to that. It requires so much energy to be an actor. Even taking a 20-minute nap recharges you, and then you can go back out.”

Larson, who put on 15 pounds of muscle for Room, said working on the film taught her about her strength. “I was able to lift things that I never thought I’d be able to, and that became such a huge part of the routine of making this movie," she said. "[My trainer] would have me lift extreme weights over my head, and being able to deadlift before I came to work every morning gave me this mental change that I had before. It was an emotional marathon to make this.”

Amidst her several award nominations, Larson recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "Every single step of this last year has been a completely new experience and one that is totally outside of my comfort zone." She added, "In this industry, where things change so quickly, I've found that having no expectations is the happiest way to go."

Julianne Moore took home the outstanding performance by a female actress award last year for her performance in Still Alice.

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards were held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

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