Oscar Watch: Carol

The Cannes Film Festival is happening right now across the pond and this weekend a sure fire Oscar contender was born. The Todd Haynes directed romantic drama Carol has debuted to rapturous reviews and garnered attention especially for its two lead actresses.

Set in the 1950s, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman in a lesbian relationship with a younger twenty something played by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara. Just two years after she won Best Actress for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Blanchett seems very probable to find her name in the mix again with Mara a good possibility for Supporting Actress attention. Director Haynes could find himself the center of attention for his first Director nomination after giving us critical darlings like Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. Based on the festival buzz, Carol has also vaulted itself into the conversation for a Best Picture nod. Reviews have also noted the screenplay (which would be in the Adapted category due to the film being based upon Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt), as well as the cinematography and costume design.

It has become common for Cannes to give us at least a couple contenders for Academy attention and Carol certainly fits the bill. The picture opens stateside on December 18, right in the midst of when serious qualifiers come out.

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