The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor “Carol” Oscar contender Rooney Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Friday, February 12, 2016. Her co-star Cate Blanchett will present the award, which honors actors who’ve taken creative risks in film.
Mara joins past recipients including Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling. Festival Director Roger Durling said he admired “the enigmatic and complex nature of her performances.”
Mara’s credits include her Oscar-nominated turn in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” as well as “The Social Network,” “Side Effects” and this year’s “Pan.” She will soon be seen in “Lion” with Nicole Kidman, and in Terrence Malick’s next project alongside Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. Her performance as Therese Belivet in Todd Haynes’ “Carol” won her the Best Actress prize at Cannes 2015.
The festival has already announced honors that will go to Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) with its Maltin Modern Master Award, Brie Larson (“Room”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) with its Outstanding Performers Of The Year Award and Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”) as an ensemble with its American Riviera Award. It is also set to celebrate Elizabeth Banks (“Love & Mercy”), Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass“), Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,“ “Youth“) and Jacob Tremblay (“Room“) with the Virtuoso Award among additional, yet to be announced, honorees. The festival previously honored Jane Fonda (“Youth“) with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.