Rooney Mara

How ‘Carol’ Got Screwed

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There’s one every year. Correction: there are plenty of movies every year whose absence at the announcement of the Academy Award nominations cause head-scratching, teeth-gnashing, and similar displays of displeasure, but every year there’s one whose snub (and I don’t use the word lightly) seems particularly egregious, and worthy of exploration. Last year it was Selma; this year, it’s Carol, Todd Haynes’ magnificent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.
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2015: The Year ’50s Romances Were Liberating and Contemporary Romances Were Horrifying

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Is there a way to craft a cinematic romance out of a narrative where two people meet through a series of synchronized swipes after having seen a single photo of one another, then share emoji-peppered small talk while simultaneously engaging in practically the same small talk with ten other people, then go on a date to a bar – all the while being exhaustedly aware that a week full of similar dates awaits them?
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Golden Globes: Shots Fired in the Very Serious Fight Against “Category Fraud”

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This morning, a small battle was won in the single most inconsequential war in American culture. The battleground was the nominations announcement for the Golden Globes, the annual award ceremony for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — an organization that, despite their comically small membership (“about 90 members”) and history of totally goofy nominations, has attained a reputation as some kind of bellwether for the Academy Awards. And the war that’s being waged concerns the scourge of (sit down for this, cover your children’s ears, etc.) “category fraud.”
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