There is no denying that actress Brie Larson had an amazing night at the Oscars. After all, she did win the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Room. However, to some, that pales in comparison for the other thing that Larson did on Oscar Sunday…
Rewind to Lady Gaga. She gave a stirring performance of her Oscar nominated “Til It Happens To You.” While performing the song, she was joined by abuse survivors who had phrases such as “Not Your Fault,” “Survivor,” and “You are Love.” The performance brought many members of the audience to tears.
Brie Larson, however, had a different reaction. As the abuse survivors made their way off the stage, Larson embraced each and every one.
Chris Gardner, of The Hollywood Reporter, was standing near the scene and released a video that shows Larson standing up from her seat and hugging each person as they passed her. However, since there were so many people on stage, she eventually started to hug several people at a time. What matters, of course, is that she hugged them all.
Those who have seen her film Room know that it is based on a woman who was placed into a horribly abusive situation, so Larson doing this shows that the thin line between art and reality is easily blurred.
Lady Gaga’s song was featured in the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which is about rape on campus. The lyrics reflect this, which made the performance, and Larson’s reaction, that much more meaningful to the audience.
Though Gaga did not bring home the Oscar, her performance was surely the most sentimental and warm-hearted moments of the night.
To see Larson's award wining performance in Room, you don't have to wait long. The film will be available on DVD, on Netflix and on Amazon on March, 1.