Brie Larson won the award for Best Actress last night at the Oscars, but it's her beautifully human response to one of the musical performances that has people talking.
Last night, Lady Gaga delivered a compelling performance of "Til It Happens To You," an Oscar-nominated song featured in The Hunting Ground. The documentary shed light on the reported epidemic of rape on college campuses.
Powerfully, towards the end of Gaga's song, a group of sexual assault survivors joined the singer on stage, arms outstretched. Phrases such as "it happened to me," "not your fault," and "unbreakable" were written in black ink on their forearms.
Larson, nominated for her role as a kidnapping victim in Room, stood by the stage and waited for everyone to step down once the song was finished. She then proceeded to give every single survivor that was onstage with Gaga a hug as they walked by her.
Many actors and actresses, like Rachel McAdams, were moved during the performance and gave Gaga a standing ovation, but it's always touching to see someone reach out and do something as personal as this.
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