Carey Mulligan to Receive the Vanguard Award from Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that Carey Mulligan is set to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award on April 5th during their 36th annual festival. 

Mulligan is currently in major awards contention for her performance in Emerald Fennell’s debut feature Promising Young Woman, where Mulligan (our interview with her is here) plays a woman looking to right wrongs from her past by making sexual abusers, and those who enable and ignore them, reckon with their actions. 

Mulligan has earned numerous award nominations and wins for her performance, including nods from the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. It feels pretty safe to say that she’ll be hearing her name called for an Oscar nomination as well on March 15th, which would mark her second nomination, after her first for the 2009 film An Education

Previous honorees of the Cinema Vanguard Award from SBIFF include Laura Fern, Michael B. Jordan, Willem Dafoe, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling. Not bad company for Mulligan to be in. 

In a statement, SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling said, ““I saw Mulligan on stage in 2008 in ‘The Seagull’—she was such a magnetic combination of fearlessness and vulnerability there, and she continues to instill awe in all of us.  She delivers her best work so far in ‘Promising Young Woman.’” 

The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place March 31st through April 10th, 2021. More information, as well as passes and tickets, will be available in the coming weeks at


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