Carey Mulligan Accepts SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award

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Pete Hammond (left) interviewing Carey Mulligan (right) at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (courtesy image)
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Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan received the Cinema Vanguard Award during the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week.

Mulligan was recognized for her remarkable career and most recent performance in Focus Features’ dark comedy “Promising Young Woman” written, produced, and directed by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve, The Crown).

“Promising Young Woman,” follows a mysterious event that abruptly derailed her character's future and she lives a secret double life until an unexpected encounter gives her the chance to right the wrongs of the past. Her performance in that film has earned her Best Actress from the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and over 20 national and regional critics groups around the country. She has also received nominations for Best Actress from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and the Critics’ Choice Association. 

Mulligan was interviewed by Deadline’s awards columnist, Pete Hammond, on Monday. She discussed her childhood aspirations of becoming an actress at the young age of 8 and how she didn't view it as a job but something she enjoyed.

She's starred in acclaimed films such as "Suffragette," "The Great Gadsby," "Pride & Prejudice," and "Mudbound."

For "The Great Gadsby," a film remake based on a book that nearly every American read in 9th grade, Mulligan said she felt confident taking on the iconic role of Daisy, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I think I was lucky in that I’m not American, so it’s not the school required reading when you’re a teenager in England. So in that way, I think I was a little bit protected and I deliberately didn’t watch any other versions of it, for free of just copying people," Mulligan said.

Mulligan is also set to host Saturday Night Live this coming weekend on April 10.

The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Laura Dern, Michael B. Jordan, William DeFoe, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Bernice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Ryan Gosling.

The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG, will take place March 31st through April 10th, 2021 online and at two free ocean-front drive-in theatres. More information, festival passes and tickets are available at www.sbiff.org.

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