Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Room' Star Brie Larson Tapped for Breakthrough Honor

The 26-year-old could follow in the footsteps of three previous recipients of the honor whose performances later were recognized with an Oscar.
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Brie Larson

Brie Larson, the 26-year-old actress whose performance as a young woman held hostage with her son in Lenny Abrahamson's Room has earned her the best notices of her young career, has been tapped by the Palm Springs International Film Festival for its Breakthrough Performance Award.

She will pick up the honor at the 27th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2. The fest runs Jan. 1-11.

"Brie Larson breathes vibrant life into the character of Ma from Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel Room," said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner. "Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under unimaginable circumstances.”

Previous recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner. In the year they were honored, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong'o went on to win an Oscar, while Huffman, Pike and Renner were nominated.

The fest previously announced that Black Mass lead actor Johnny Depp will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actor); Carol and Truth lead actress Cate Blanchett will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress); and Brooklyn lead actress Saoirse Ronan will receive its International Star Award.

The festival will announce its other honorees in the coming days and weeks.

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