Santa Barbara Film Fest: Carey Mulligan Set for Cinema Vanguard Award (Exclusive)

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Carey Mulligan, the revered actress of stage and screen who is now generating considerable Oscar buzz for star turn as a sexual assault avenger in Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman, will be the recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The presentation will be made on Monday, April 5, and, like most of the rest of the fest, which will run from March 31-April 10, it will take place virtually.

Mulligan, who was previously honored at SBIFF 11 years ago for her breakout role in An Education, has returned to the awards conversation in a big way this season. She has been awarded best actress prizes by the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and more than 20 national and regional groups across the country. She was nominated for the corresponding Golden Globe Award and is nominated for the corresponding Critics Choice and SAG awards. And she will almost certainly receive BAFTA and Oscar nominations, as well.

"I saw Mulligan on stage in 2008 in The Seagull," said SBIFF executive director Roger Durling in a statement. "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 fest's previous outstanding performer recipients include Laura Dern (2020), Rami Malek (2019), Allison Janney and Margot Robbie (2018), Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (2017), Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan (2016), Steve Carell (2015), Cate Blanchett (2014), Jennifer Lawrence (2013), Viola Davis (2012), James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004).