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Room picks up TIFF Audience Award, Brie Larson also wins IMDB award

Brie Larson is talk of the town this weekend during the “2015 Toronto International Film Festival,” not only is the actor picking up high-praise for her role in “Room,” the project also won the 2015 Audience Award.

Based on the best-seller by Emma Donoghue, ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12, TRAINWRECK). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories.

Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award nominee William H. Macy.

After picking up the Audience award, Brie Larson also received the “IMDb STARmeter Award” at IMDb’s TIFF 2015 dinner party. This award recognizes the stars who are breakout favorites on IMDbPro’s STARmeter chart, which is determined by the actual search behavior of IMDb’s more than 250 million unique monthly visitors worldwide.

Lenny Abrahamson, director of ROOM, and Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO, jointly presented Larson with the award at IMDb’s annual Toronto International Film Festival dinner party.

“We are thrilled that ROOM received the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award today, just six days after Brie Larson, star of ROOM, was presented with IMDb’s 2015 TIFF STARmeter Award, which recognizes those stars who have had a breakout year on IMDbPro’s STARmeter chart”

“We are thrilled that ROOM received the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award today, just six days after Brie Larson, star of ROOM, was presented with IMDb’s 2015 TIFF STARmeter Award, which recognizes those stars who have had a breakout year on IMDbPro’s STARmeter chart,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO. “I believe this is just the beginning of a very busy award season for Brie and ROOM, a film that is likely to end up on my personal top 10 movies of 2015 list.”

IMDb began giving out annual TIFF STARmeter Awards at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival when Olivia Wilde was presented with IMDb’s inaugural award for her work in the TIFF 2013 films RUSH and THIRD PERSON. Paul Haggis, writer/director of THIRD PERSON, joined Col Needham to present Wilde with the award at IMDb’s TIFF 2013 dinner party.

IMDb has since presented STARmeter Awards to Miles Teller for his role in WHIPLASH at TIFF 2014 and Jeffrey Tambor for his work in TRANSPARENT at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. WHIPLASH writer/director Damien Chazelle and Col Needham presented the award to Teller at IMDb’s 2014 TIFF dinner party. Tambor was presented with his award in January 2015 at IMDb’s annual Sundance Film Festival dinner by TRANSPARENT co-stars Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker, as well TRANSPARENT’s creator, Jill Soloway.

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