The 26-year-old actress is recognised in the Actress in a Leading Role category for her part in the movie adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s book ‘Room’.
The nomination is the first time Brie has ever been acknowledged by the Academy and it certainly took a while for the news to sink in when the names were announced on Thursday (14.01.16).
She said: “I thought, 'Holy s**t!' It's that mixed with a total flat line."
Brie is currently hard at work shooting the new movie ‘Kong: Skull Island’ in Australia, and said the combination of her exhaustion following a tough day’s filming and the shock of the nomination had a dramatic effect.
She told E! News: “It was a very physical day, a lot of climbing. I just climbed mountains all day today in the hot Australian sun so I was just exhausted. So I was tired so I thought this is the perfect way to do it while your body is just really exhausted and you're kind of relaxed about it.
"I didn't realise how strong my reaction would be. My whole body was shaking. I started crying. It really was when they gave [Lenny Abrahamson] a best director nomination that I really lost it. He's so deserving of it. So well deserved and so exciting to see."
Brie is shooting ‘Kong: Skull Island’ alongside actors including Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, and said her castmates were quick to offer their congratulations after the news broke.
She added: "I'm on a giant text chain with all the actors from the movie. There are like 14 of us on it and they all just flooded my phone and they said they were going to bang down my door with champagne. But it's 12.15 am and I have to get up for work in the morning so it just doesn't seem reasonable to me. We'll do champagne another day."