Brie Larson wins Oscar for Canada copro Room

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Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy also won an award for her doc short, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Pakistan). (Room pictured)

American actress Brie Larson won an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in the Ireland/Canada copro Room on Sunday evening, with Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy winning for her documentary short, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Pakistan).

Room was also nominated for best adapted screenplay, achievement in direction and best picture. The film won this year’s Toronto International Film Festival’s The Grolsch People’s Choice Award, which is voted upon by festival audiences. Room is directed by Lenny Ambrahamson, with No Trace Camping producing in association with Duperele Film.  Saoirse Ronan was also nominated in the same category as Larson for her performance in the Ireland/U.K./Canada corpo Brooklyn.

Chinoy’s A Girl in the River follows the story of a woman who survived an attempted honour killing. Her film beat out four other competitors in the category, including the Canada/U.S./U.K. coventure Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah from Toronto-based director Adam Benzine.

Earlier in the week, the Academy also presented a group of grip department members from B.C.-based IATSE Local 891 with an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. David McIntosh, Steve Marshall Smith, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko won the award for their product, the Airwall. The inflatable Airwall can be used to replace traditional green screens. It has been used on productions such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and X-Men Apocalypse.