15 FILMS, INCLUDING ROOM AND TRAINWRECK (2015).
Brie Larson’s breakthrough was a long time bubbling. Born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, a name which would have taken up the entire marquee, she began studying drama at the age of six and was racking up credits in original cable movies and TV series in her early teens, getting a long head start on her contemporaries. Like Elizabeth Banks before her breakthrough, Larson blazed in supporting roles (rock star Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the mouthy daughter in Showtime’s United States of Tara, a bold spirit in the otherwise doodling Digging for Fire, Amy Schumer’s responsible younger sister in Trainwreck), both fitting in and standing out. With Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, Larson proves she can shoulder the hefty demand of lead billing (and now has an Oscar nomination—her first—for best actress as additional proof), not that there was any doubt. Her unbreakable portrayal of the mother held captive for years in a cramped cell with her young son has put Brie Larson in the center of the conversation, where she belongs and isn’t likely to budge from anytime soon.