The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced it will present Rooney Mara with the Spotlight Award for her performance in “Carol.” Mara joins previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
“Rooney Mara’s nuanced portrayal of Manhattan shopgirl Therese Belivet opposite Cate Blanchett’s Carol Aird brings integrity and depth to this story of forbidden love set against the sexual mores of the early 1950s,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For this brilliant performance, which adds yet another laurel to her diverse career, it is an honor to present Rooney Mara with the 2016 Spotlight Award.”
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include J.K. Simmons, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt. All recipients received Academy Award nominations in the year they were honored, with Simmons receiving the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.