One of the most bittersweet moments of last night’s Golden Globes occurred during the deployment of the Best Actress – Drama prize. Requisite shots of each nominee accompanied Mickey Rourke’s reading of their names: Emily Blunt, grinning in rather extreme close-up; Sandra Bullock, the favorite, perched and ready to rise; Helen Mirren, the distinguished elder; Gabourey Sidibe, the gleeful neophyte… and just prior to Sidibe, Carey Mulligan, the one-time favorite for this prize and perhaps every other in 2009, meekly clapping, dwarfed in the back of the room, all but invisible with the tiny entourage from her breakthrough An Education. The viewer knew just as well as Mulligan did: She didn’t have a chance. But why?
After all, it was almost a year ago when An Education’s Sundance premiere sparked instant Oscar chatter for Mulligan, not to mention a lightning-quick, seven-figure distribution deal with awards-savvy distributors Sony Pictures Classics. The 24-year-old ingenue’s performance as Jenny Miller — faltering at the fork in the road leading to either bohemian early-’60s living or a conservative Oxford education — yielded just the right class, brass and vulnerability to dazzle critics and Oscar voters. Assuming Sony Classics could strategically cultivate Mulligan’s It-Girl status in the months to come, the general public would fall in line behind them. Apart from Mo’Nique’s own towering performance in Precious, she was the closest thing to an Oscar lock Sundance had.
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The first photos have started to appear and Carey looks gorgeous! Photos can be seen here in the galleries – we apologise in advance for any gallery problems that may arise during the day!
EDIT: Unfortunately, Carey didn’t win Best Actress whose award went to Sandra Bullock but we still know how special Carey is and how much she deserved to win! I am sure there will be plenty of awards to come
While we wait for the Golden Globes to begin (which promises new Carey pictures!) a few gallery updates have been done: firstly, high quality pictures from Carey’s appearance at the National Board Of Review Of Motion Pictures Awards Gala have been added; and secondly, Carey graced us with another event, namely the Golden Globes Party Hosted by T Magazine and Dom Pérignon where she is pictured alongside B. J. Novak (of “The Office”).
Life.com have also updated with a small photoshoot session with all the Oscar hopefuls for this year, including Carey! The entire slideshow of hopefuls can be seen here, while the image has been uploaded into our galleries here.
By turns as elegant as Audrey Hepburn and as pixie-smile adorable as Audrey Tautou, Mulligan has stolen critics’ and audiences’ hearts as Jenny Miller, a British schoolgirl stifled by England’s early-’60s air of conformity. The character sees a way out in a handsome older suitor (Peter Sarsgaard), and the actress, playing 16 brilliantly though she was 23 at the time, makes the consequences of the leap wrenchingly bittersweet.
Also, Carey has dished to People.com about her desire to have long hair once more! Famous for her pixie cut, which has accompanied her to every one of her press tours since ‘An Education’, Carey comments that she continues to keep her cute crop because she dreads the “horrible stage” of her hair looking like she’s homless! The article can be read here, excerpt available below.
“I really want long hair,” Carey Mulligan confessed to PEOPLE on Tuesday at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala in New York, where she nabbed the Best Actress prize for her role in An Education, “But I don’t have time to grow it out.”
Explaining her freshly-shorn, exceedingly close crop, the Brit actress, who was dressed in a sleek black cocktail shift by Prada and dangly Fred Leighton earrings, said, “It was getting all shaggy. It was all growing out. It gets to that horrible stage where you look homeless.”
Unfortunately Carey did not win Best Actress at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night Instead the honour went to joint winners Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock – congratulations ladies! However, Carey still looked simple yet elegant in a beautiful retro-looking black dress Expect lots of pictures asap!
Pictures of Carey at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala (January 12) where she won Best Actress for An Education have been added to the gallery! Congratulations!
Thanks to Brianne for sending in caps of Carey from her appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” last night. The video will be added to the video archive, which will be launching soon!
Glamour Magazine has announce it’s Faces to Watch in 2010, and it features Ms. Mulligan! Here’s what they have to say:
Star Quality: We’re developing a serious girl crush on Carey. She’s got the A-list boyfriend (ahh, Shia), understated style, a Golden Globe nomination and a career that promises to hit A-List status with the release of Wall Street 2.
The nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award at this year’s BAFTAs have been announced this morning in London, and it’s another interesting mix of young talent. Carey Mulligan is probably the most talked-about contender, but she’s joined by fellow nominees Nicholas Hoult, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Tahar Rahim. Click on their names to cast your vote.
Mulligan made a splash with An Education last October, but also appears in Public Enemies and Brothers, and has a good Brit-flick CV that includes films like Pride & Prejudice.
Hoult is probably still best known for his turn in About A Boy years back, but this year was all grown up in A Single Man, opposite Colin Firth. Eisenberg, meanwhile, had the double-whammy of the mighty Zombieland against the sweeter indie-rom-com of Adventureland. That also starred Kristen Stewart, but she’s unquestionably best known at this point for her starring role in the Twilight saga, despite great turns in Into The Wild and Panic Room.
Finally, Tahar Rahim gave a blisteringly good performance in the much-praised French film A Prophet, the toast of Cannes and an apparent frontrunner for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year.
“I’ve been doing things this year that I’d probably not been able to do if I haven’t got this award,” says last year’s winner Noel Clarke. “Beforehand, I was probably that guy from Auf Wiedersehen Pet, then Doctor Who came out. But once I got this award I think it enabled people to come at me with films I wouldn’t have had a sniff at before.”
“The idea of being considered an actor who moght go on to big things is quite bizarre because I’m someone who has always seen myself as a jobbing actor, not particularly a rising star,” says nominee Nicholas Hoult. “You look at the people in the category and quite a few of them are already movie stars in my opinion. It’s very odd to be in there but it’s a great privilege.”
The award’s in its fifth year: previous winners (in reverse chronological order) were Clarke, Shia LaBeouf, Eva Green and James McAvoy. The winner of this, the only BAFTA voted for by the public, will be announced at the British Academy Film Awards on February 21, and we’ll be there to cover the whole thing. You can find out more about the award here.
Some pretty updates! I managed to find six untagged versions from this beautiful photoshoot Carey did as well as a new photo from the set (it’s the last picture)! Enjoy