OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Rooney Mara plays Therese Belivet, a department store clerk in the 1950s who longs for a more fulfilling life and falls in love with a refined older woman.

Rooney Mara plays Therese in “Carol” with a quiet reserved nature. She a thoughtful person does not express much, yet you know where her gaze lies and that usually where her intentions lie. Her character states that she normally just does what everyone asks of her instead of ever questioning or going her own way, so when takes it upon herself to make a final decision and to eventually go back on that decision, you see slight development in her character. That being said, this role is nothing like her previous Academy Award nominated performance as the punk Lisbeth Salander in Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” to which she lost to Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady.” This just goes to show Mara’s capacity as an actress, where she can fill many different roles.

Who’s her competition? First of all, Rooney Mara’s performance is technically a leading role, because she takes up more screen time than Cate Blanchett and also the story seems to be told from her perspective most of the time, with Carol weaving in and out of the story. That being said, Cate commands her role so well that she at least makes Mara feel like a supporting role. Second of all, I would have Mara had won for her role as Lisbeth, rather than here as Therese, because that previous role was much more of a showcase of her talents than hers in “Carol” was. That being said, Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander were the sure fire bets when coming to nominations and they continue to hold their ground. In my personal opinion, Alicia Vikander’s performance was stronger and thus holds a better chance of winning, but it could still be either of theirs to win. Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) could sweep in and upset, but with multiple wins already, there’s no urgency there like exists with Mara or Vikander.

Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Rooney Mara. She was previously nominated for:

    Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

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// Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, and Christine Vachon //Directed by Todd Haynes //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  29 films – 37 days //

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