Rooney Mara Earns the Cinema Vanguard Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Carol Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from ‘Carol.’

Rooney Mara’s Carol co-star Cate Blanchett will present Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Cinema Vanguard Award is bestowed upon actors “who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.” Previous winners include Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.

“From her scene-stealing turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to her outstanding performance in his year’s Carol, Rooney has repeatedly showcased her talents as one of the most gifted actors of her generation,” said Festival Director Roger Durling. “I truly admire the enigmatic and complex nature of her performances. She’s an adept, beguiling actor, and we are proud to present her with this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.”

Mara’s additional credits include The Social Network, Side Effects, and Pan.

Also set to receive awards at next year’s SBIFF are Black Mass star Johnny Depp with its Maltin Modern Master Award, Room‘s Brie Larson and Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan with the Outstanding Performers Of The Year Award, and Spotlight‘s Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as an ensemble with its American Riviera Award. Elizabeth Banks, Joel Edgerton, Paul Dano, and Jacob Tremblay will be honored with Virtuoso Awards and Youth‘s Jane Fonda will pick up the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.