First screened in October 2015 / Most recently screened in November 2015
Director: Lenny Abrahamson. Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Jason Segel, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, Tom McCamus, William H. Macy, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue, Cas Anvar, Wendy Crewson, Randall Edwards, Matt Gordon. Screenplay: Emma Donoghue (based on her novel).

Twitter Capsule: Contrivances abound; only some redeemed as ideas. Subtleties, semaphores duke it out. Messy transition. Larson works hard.

VOR:   Rapturously received upon arrival, though I wonder if that will hold. Gutsy subject matter, though it softens some edges you can imagine a braver film leaving sharp.

Photo © 2015 A24/Element Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Best Actress: Brie Larson
Best Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Actress (Drama): Brie Larson
Best Screenplay: Emma Donoghue

Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actress (Larson)
National Board of Review: Best Actress (Larson); Best Breakthrough Performance (Tremblay; tie)

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