Oscars 2016 live updates: ‘Spotlight’ wins best picture, DiCaprio gets his statue, ‘Mad Max’ cleans up – Los Angeles Times

Brie Larson is feeling “pretty good” right about now.

Following her lead actress win for her performance in “Room,” Larson made her way backstage to the press room and needed no time to think of a song that would best encapsulate her mood. She listed it easily.

“‘I’m in Love with My Life’ by Phases,” she said while clutching her Oscar gold, before launching into song.

The 26-year-old actress spent some time recalling the journey she’s taken since taking on her career-defining role as Ma, an abducted and imprisoned mother in the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film.

“This time a year ago, I was still trying to figure out who I was,” Larson recalled. “The movie was done, but I was in deep searching. I was pulling apart pieces I learned while being Ma … who I was by the time this movie was over was so far away from who I was before starting this movie…. I’m standing here now completely myself. Everything about this experience … has been very pointedly about it being a representation of who I am. I feel really strong and excited about holding this gold guy. It’s a metaphor for how I’m feeling inside.”

Larson was later asked if there was a moment in her career where she learned to stand up for herself as a female in the male-dominated industry.

“Oh, many times,” she said. “I would go into auditions and casting [would say], ‘We really love what your doing, but we’d love for you to come back in a jean mini skirt and heels…. For me, I personally always rejected that moment. I tried maybe once and it always made me feel terrible. A jean mini skirt does not make me feel sexy, it makes me feel uncomfortable.”

Larson said she seeks, instead, roles in film that represent “women that I know. Women I understand. Complicated women. Women that are inside of me.”


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