Sunday 11 December 2016

Oscar buzz builds for Lenny as Room scoops top prize at Toronto International Film Festival

Published 20/09/2015 | 19:06

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Emma Donoghue wrote the award-winning novel Room
Lenny Abrahamson

Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room has scooped the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The arresting drama took home the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award. Dubbed  the “Awards season harbinger”, the People’s Choice gong has previously been won by Oscar winning feature films such as 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.

Over 300 films were screened over the course of the ten day festival and Abrahamson said he was “honoured” to have won.

“I am so honoured that Room has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People’s choice award,” he said.

"The program this year was full of extraordinary films, and for such a knowledgeable, film-loving audience to choose ours as their film of the festival is something of which I will always be hugely proud.”

Inspired by Josef Fritzl's incarceration of his daughter Elisabeth, it tells the story of a young woman who has spent seven years of her life in a 12-foot-square room. The events are told through the eyes of her five-year-old son Jack.

The film stars Trainwreck’s Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. Producer of Room Ed Guiney described the win as “a major accolade”.

“It is a huge tribute to Lenny, Emma and the rest of the amazing cast and crew. Toronto is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world so this award gives us great momentum as we head towards our North American release next month.”

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