There are few positions in Hollywood more coveted than that of a director who has just earned his first Academy Award nomination. Even if the party in question does not win the gold statuette, as Room director Lenny Abrahamson failed to do so in the ceremony at the end of last month, it still provides an invaluable boost to his public profile and has essentially opened up a world of showbiz possibility to him. A director (or actor, writer, what-have-you) essentially has free reign to choose whatever he might like to do next, enjoying the benefits of being one of Hollywood’s hottest properties at the moment as studio heads jockey to get some of that Oscar-nomination magic.
Room sort of quietly snuck into the Oscar race this year thanks in part to powerful performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, acting under the eye of director Lenny Abrahamson. While we wait to see how Room fares during awards season, Abrahamson is already developing his next feature, and based on his inspiration for the project, this one will undoubtedly deliver some fierce performances as well.