The Promising Young Woman actress receives the PSIF's International Star Award.

By Joey Nolfi
January 15, 2021 at 09:00 AM EST
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Carey Mulligan is officially one of the most promising young women on the Oscars trail.

The English actress has picked up a major accolade in the run-up to the 93rd Academy Awards, as the Palm Springs International Film Festival has decorated her with its International Star Award for her electric performance in Emerald Fennell's rape-revenge thriller Promising Young Woman.

PSIF's International Star Award has gone to several eventual Oscar winners or nominees during their respective races, including Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman, and Saoirse Ronan. Last year, Charlize Theron received the honor before being nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Bombshell.

"Emerald describes it as a beautifully wrapped piece of candy, but when you suck on it, you realize it's poisonous," Mulligan previously told EW of the film, which follows her as Cassie Thomas, a med school dropout who spends her days luring lecherous men into a web of psychological torture to avenge the assault of a classmate. "Audiences will love it because it's so much fun. It's dark and challenging, but not in a boring, didactic way. You'll go have socially distanced supper [after watching], sit, and fight about it," she finishes. "You want a film that people talk about in years to come, not something that gets lost in the sea of awards season films."

Following her debut Oscar nod for 2009's An Education, Mulligan was recognized with the PSIF's Breakthrough Performance prize in 2011 for her work in Never Let Me Go and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Promising Young Woman is available now on digital rental services.

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