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Rooney Mara is already getting rave reviews for her brave portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which hits theaters next week). Last night she attended the film’s New York premiere, and this morning she learned she’s scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. (The category’s other nominees are an impressive bunch: Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton, and Glenn Close.) “It’s really exciting,” says Mara, who previously was best known for a small part in last year’s Social Network. “It was a very happy surprise this morning. It’s always great when you work really hard on something and people show their appreciation for that work.” Mara says the news truly did come as a surprise. “Honestly, because of our crazy schedule having three premieres in three countries in three nights, I totally forgot they were even doing this today. I was half asleep having hair and makeup done to go do something else. So I really was actually quite surprised. My mom came running in sort of jumping up and down. I was like, what is wrong with you?”

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