The only other thing I know Lenny Abrahamson from is directing the small comedy “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson back in 2014. Other than that, he’s been mostly off the radar. So to get an Academy Award nomination for his film “Room,” which he requested to be apart of when he wrote a letter to the author, Emma Donoghue, in hopes of preserving the essence of the story, is actually quite the feat, especially beating out director Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) for that nomination. With Brie Larson, the lead in the film, headed to what will likely be an Oscar win and pushing the young Jacob Tremblay to an amazing performance, you have to somewhat look at the director for getting his actors to that space of delivering such amazing performances. Not to mention the level of emotion going on the construction of scenes, like Jake meeting the dog for the first time, or telling his grandmother (Joan Allen) that he loves her for the first time, or the mother-son dynamic in every step of the way.
Who’s his competition? As impressive as his nomination is, this is one of those cases that the nomination is actually the win. Because Lenny has little chance of actually winning the award and on most pundits list, he is at the bottom. George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) is the front-runner while Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”) is a close runner-up. But something should be said (again) for the fact the Lenny pushed out Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) for the nomination, because many thought it could even be his year to win. So that very fact is quite the achievement in general for a director with not much under his belt.
Previous nominations? This is the first Academy Award nomination for Lenny Abrahamson.
// Produced by Ed Guiney //Directed by Lenny Abrahamson //
// Dated Viewed: Monday, January 18th, 2016 // ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS // 36 films – 42 days //