By Will Robinson
Updated December 08, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Rooney Mara will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award from Santa Barbara International Film Festival for her performance in the lesbian romantic drama Carol.

The Vanguard Award, which honors actors who have “forged their own path — taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film,” will be presented by Carol costar Cate Blanchett during the festival’s ceremony on Feb. 12, 2016.

“From her scene-stealing turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to her outstanding performance in his year’s Carol, Rooney has repeatedly showcased her talents as one of the most gifted actors of her generation,” festival director Roger Durling said in a statement. “I truly admire the enigmatic and complex nature of her performances. She’s an adept, beguiling actor, and we are proud to present her with this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.”

Mara, 30, joins an esteemed group of Vanguard Award recipients, including Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, and Ryan Gosling.

VIDEO: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara on their 1950s love story

The honor was announced less than a week after Carol, from director Todd Haynes, won the New York Film Critics Circle awards for best picture, director, screenplay and cinematography.

Carol is in theaters now.


2015 movie
  • Movie
  • R
  • 118 minutes
  • Todd Haynes