Brie Larson supported survivors of sexual violence in more than one way last night (February 28) at the 88th Academy Awards.
During her moving performance of “Til It Happens To You,” Oscar nominee Lady Gaga was joined onstage by dozens of survivors displaying life-affirming messages painted on their wrists. When the song was over, Larson quietly got up to hug each and every one of them as they exited the stage.
The actress followed her touching show of support by going on to win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In her winning performance in Room, Larson plays a survivor herself — a young woman who is kidnapped, held prisoner, and repeatedly raped for years by an older man. The film follows her and her son’s journey from trauma to recovery once they escape their captivity together.
Room snagged a few nominations at the Academy Awards, but Larson’s performance was the only statue it ended up winning. She was up against fierce competition, including Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence, but her brave and human rendering of Room’s Joy Newsome more than deserved the honor.