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Oscars 2016: Room writer Emma Donoghue says 'I'm shaking with excitement'

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Nina Subin

Not only was Room, the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, honored with four Oscar nominations Thursday morning — but Donoghue herself was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In a statement, a very excited Donoghue said, “I am blown away by Room getting four Oscar nominations, which was beyond our wildest hopes,” highlighting director Lenny Abrahamson’s Best Director nomination as one she’s “particularly glad” about. “People don’t always realise how much care and art went into his creation of the naturalistic world of Room,” she said.

The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Brie Larson, who stars as Ma and won a Golden Globe for her role last week, was nominated for Best Actress.

Read Donoghue’s full statement below:

 “I’m shaking with excitement almost too much to type… but let me just say that I am blown away by ROOM getting four Oscar nominations, which was beyond our wildest hopes. I’m particularly glad that one nomination is for the extraordinary Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director.  People don’t always realise how much care and art went into his creation of the naturalistic world of ROOM. I’m extremely honored to be recognized by the Academy, thank you!”

Room‘s script was likely a tricky adaptation, as the entirety of the novel takes place from 5-year-old Jack’s perspective, while he and his mother, Ma, are held captive by a man Jack calls Old Nick. The film stays true to the feel of the novel, with Jack’s curiosity and confusion remaining at the forefront, and the camera often showing scenes from his point of view.

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