Room should win the best picture Oscar (Video).

Here’s Why Room Is the Best Picture of the Year

Here’s Why Room Is the Best Picture of the Year

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Feb. 24 2016 10:13 AM

Room Is the Best Picture of the Year

It flawlessly adapts its difficult and emotionally complicated source material.


In our series “The Best Case for Best Picture,” Slate staffers and critics mount their strongest argument for the movie they think should win the Oscars’ biggest prize. It won’t be easy: They’ll also have to contend against the counterarguments of Slate culture editor Dan Kois.

This time, Slate senior editor Laura Bennett tries to convince Kois that Room’s high-wire act of adaptation—the way it flawlessly transfers Jack’s 5-year-old perspective from the page to the screen— makes it Oscar-worthy. From Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay’s powerhouse performances, to Lenny Abrahamson’s agile directing, Room should be a real contender.


*Correction, Feb. 24, 2016: This post originally misstated the age of Jack in Room; he is 5 years old, not 11.

Laura Bennett is Slate’s features director.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Jacob T. Swinney is a video essayist, filmmaker, and cinephile.