After the event, Room costar Brie Larson praised Tremblay for winning "at life"

By Jessica Fecteau
January 06, 2016 05:35 PM
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Jacob Tremblay officially knows how to charm a room.

The Room star accepted the National Board of Review breakthrough actor award Tuesday night – and stole the show with his endearing acceptance speech.

“This is really something,” he declared. “The mind of me right now is so blown.”

One reason his young mind was so blown away? This was his first time receiving any kind of award – ever.

“I’ve never won an award on anything else. This is my first,” he said, as the crowded cheered in approval.

If that wasn’t cute enough, Jason Segel presented him the award, and shared his own adorable encounter with the young actor.

“Jacob left our table to ‘work the room’ as he’s been known to do,” Segel said. “And he came back eager to take me over and introduce me to his new friend Johnny Depp. So I told him I was too shy to meet Johnny Depp. In reality, I thought it would look like I was using a 10-year-old to meet Johnny Depp, which I’m not above doing.”

He continued, “Then Jacob explained to me very sweetly that this might be the only chance I ever have to meet Johnny Depp. The lesson I learned is that I have a lot to learn from Jacob Tremblay.”

He continued to make the crowd chuckle by looking around and saying he “needs a moment” before continuing.

Tremblay then thanked the National Board of Review, the film’s director Lenny Abrahamson, his costar Brie Larson and his parents.

Larson and Tremblay forged a close relationship while filming and following the wrap of the Golden Globe nominated movie.

Larson, who won best actress at the night’s awards, posted an Instagram of her with Tremblay stating, “And @jacobtremblay gave the best speech of night because since the day he was born, he has won at life. Thanks again National Board of Review.”

Abrahamson told PEOPLE on the red carpet the film would not have worked without Larson and Tremblay’s chemistry.

“The film would not have lived if you didn’t believe the relationship between them,” he said. “You would have no film. They really had to care about each other and they really did form this great friendship that developed and deepened throughout the shoot.”

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