Carey Mulligan & Emerald Fennell for The Guardian


Written by Elise on March 24 2021

The GuardianPromising Young Woman’s five [Oscar] nods include the first for a female British director. Its star and writer-director discuss telling women’s stories, tackling difficult subjects – and feeling shellshocked.

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[…] How are you feeling, a day after the Oscars announcement?
Carey Mulligan: “The thing about awards season that gives it value is celebrating film, obviously, but also highlighting films that might not otherwise have had an audience. That’s brilliant. So it’s really cool to see Another Round up for the best picture and best director Oscars. And the Bafta nominations bringing forward films like Rocks.

I haven’t seen everything, but I loved Minari so much. And Daniel Kaluuya is probably the best British actor working today, so I’m big-time rooting for him. Amanda Seyfried is so brilliant in Mank. Emerald should win everything, obviously. But I am biased.

The very fact that Emerald and Chloé [Zhao] are record-breaking is crazy. That we have got to 2021 and still Emerald is the first British female film-maker to get nominated for best director? That’s wild.”

[…] Promising Young Woman has been called a #MeToo revenge movie. Was that your intention?
CM: “This is all very familiar stuff. We’ve all seen it in so many romantic comedies told from the guy’s perspective, who has to get the really hot girl really drunk to persuade her to have sex with him, because sober she wouldn’t go home with him. We’ve seen it in films and thought it was totally normal. Well, I did. I never thought: “Oh, that’s actually quite fucked up.” I’ve always watched it and thought: “Yeah, that’s life, that’s what we all do.” This film is saying: “Hang on, wait a minute.””

[…] Would your younger selves have benefited from seeing this film?
CM: “I do wish this film had come out when I was a teenager.

[…] How do you prepare for a role like this?
CM: “When I read the Promising Young Woman script, I felt the way that you do when you watch Parasite. Constantly wrongfooted, like: “Oh my word, what is this?” In a good way. I also felt the thing that I always want to feel: that I would be gutted if anyone else played this part. I had to do it, but also I didn’t know how to do it.

I’d been exclusively playing mums for a bit. I had a teenage son in Wildlife and then I had children in Mudbound. And I had been performing this Dennis Kelly monologue [Girls and Boys, at the Royal Court in London and on Broadway] in which I had two children.

And then, suddenly, I was a bit like: “Can you still buy me as pre-kids?” It wasn’t anything I’d massively articulated, but I was like: “OK, I’m gonna be in that zone again.” There were lots of things about it that I felt like: “I have no idea how to do this.””

[…] Did you feel any responsibility as feminists when making the film?
CM: “I have not had to experience what Cassie has gone through in this film and I wanted to make sure that it felt accurate, so that it didn’t sit wrong with people who’ve got real pain. That’s the last thing you ever want to do when you’re in this job and it’s why I didn’t want to speak to anyone who’d been through anything related to this film. I would never ask someone to relive something terrible for the sake of a film. There are heightened elements of this film, but the truth is that this situation is so common and what happens in the film is such a sad reality. You want it to be really clear about that.”

[…] How has the past year been for you?
CM: “I haven’t worked much. I did a few audiobooks just to try to do some acting. A Matt Haig book called The Midnight Library and a kids’ book called The Worst Warlock, which was really fun, with trolls and wizards. And the EM Forster short story The Machine Stops. Published in 1909, it’s about an apocalyptic society where everyone lives in their own bubble and nobody has any human contact and everyone communicates through what are essentially iPads. It’s just nuts.”

93rd Academy Awards Nominations


Written by Elise on March 15 2021

And the 93rd Academy Awards Nominations are finally in! We’re so proud of Carey for earning an Oscar nomination for portraying Cassy in “Promising Young Woman“. It’s so nice to see the film getting recognized, especially for its directing as well. Congratulations to the whole team of people involved in making such an incredible and inspiring film.

Best Actress
Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman

Best Picture
“The Father”
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Mank”
“Minari”
“Nomadland”
Promising Young Woman

Best Director
Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, “Mank”
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”

Original Screenplay
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Minari”
Promising Young Woman
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Editing
“The Father”
“Nomadland”
Promising Young Woman
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

It’s surreal because Oscars were the furthest thing from our minds as we were making it. It was such a passion project. Everyone was doing it because they loved it and they thought Emerald was a genius. They wanted to be a part of it. I’m so proud of Emerald.” – Carey Mulligan for Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable 2021


Written by Elise on February 12 2021

THR – A fiesta grandmother. A persecuted jazz icon. A grieving mother. A sexual assault avenger. A pioneering scientist. A girlfriend scorned.

On a mid-December morning, six actresses behind some of the year’s most dynamic performances came together for The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable: Hillbilly Elegy’s Glenn Close, The United States vs. Billie Holiday’s Andra Day, Pieces of a Woman’s Vanessa Kirby, Promising Young Woman’s Carey Mulligan, Ammonite’s Kate Winslet and Malcolm & Marie’s Zendaya. The group, who gathered via video conference from homes and sets in L.A., Montana, Atlanta and the U.K., discussed the business side of acting, their weirdest pandemic habits, the dangerous Hollywood misconception about creative genius — and the fact that “how women’s voices are being received [is] the biggest thing that has shifted.

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What is something people often get wrong about acting?
There’s a bit of an idea, and maybe more even within the industry, that to make something great, people have permission to behave badly, the idea of someone being a creative genius … that they are so inspired, there’s a required level of darkness or unpleasantness that goes along with that, that you need to put up with. And I think people get away with bad behavior because of those reasons. In my experience, some of the most incredible people I’ve worked with have just been also the most delightful. So that’s kind of a common misconception, that there are people who have to behave badly to psych themselves up at work, or that the process is just sort of utterly miserable. I think you can work really hard, but ultimately … the attitude on set should be one of warmth.

What will you do differently in 2021?
The first thing that came into my mind was that I’m going to go to the theater as much as I can, and the cinema. As soon as we can, I’m going to sit around people and watch something together with them. It just shocked me how much I missed that. I watched a medley of musical theater on television a couple of weeks ago, and it just made me cry. I just want to be a part of that. So it sounds quite trivial, but I think that is something I’m looking most forward to.

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Netflix’s “The Dig” Screen Captures


Written by Elise on February 05 2021

In case you missed it, Simon Stone’s “The Dig” became available to watch on Netflix on Friday, January 29. Carey portrays Edith Pretty in the film, which is based on real-life events that took place back in the late 1930s. I have added over 1,200 high-quality screen captures of Carey in it, which you should definitely check out!

Based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, and also starring Ralph Fiennes and Lily James, “The Dig” reimagines the famous events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo.

Feature Films > The Dig (2021) > Blu-Ray Screen Captures [+ 1,250]

2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations


Written by Elise on February 04 2021

This is nominations week! Lily Collins and Daveed Diggs announced the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations earlier today on the SAG official Instagram page. It is with no surprise that Carey got nominated for her performance in “Promising Young Woman“, as she is racing for the Academy Awards.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 SAG Awards, typically held in January, have been moved back to April 4.

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