Best Actress 2015: Rooney Mara for Carol

A photo of Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’ Carol (via Live for Films)

The Facts

Oscar History
Rooney Mara has one nomination

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

This Year

  • Telluride Film Festival – Silver Medallion (Sept. 2015)
  • Cannes Film Festival – Best Actress – tied with Emmanuel Bercot for Mon Roi (May 2015)

Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Therese Belivet, a young woman who’s drawn to the sophisticated Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett)


  • Cannes Film Festival – In Competition (May 17, 2015)
  • Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 2015)
  • New York Film Festival (Oct. 9, 2015)
  • BFI London Film Festival (Oct. 14, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 20, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Oscar loves when straight actors play GSMs (gender sex minorities). With one nomination under her belt, Mara could win an Oscar for her turn as a woman in love…

Why not? But category placement for Mara and co-lead Cate Blanchett is such a mess right now – don’t expect to hear the final word on it until after Truth debuts at Toronto this month. Mara’s performance is subtle, which hardly helps with a group that often sees bigger acting as better acting.


Ranking: No. 1 as of Sept. 7, 2015

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