Oscar Week 2021: Spotlight on Best Actress Nominee Carey Mulligan

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CHICAGO – Making an impact has pretty much defined the career of Carey Mulligan. Her film characters have had a depth and energy to them that only she can deliver. 11 years after her first Best Actress Oscar nomination (“An Education”), Mulligan is nominated in 2021 for her searing portrayal in “Promising Young Woman.”

Mulligan is Cassandra in “Promising Young Woman,” a former high-level medical student who has mysterious dropped out, lives with her parents, and passes her time going to bars and clubs. While there, she fakes being extremely drunk, and allows men to pick her up to experience what they want to do with her. If they put on extreme sexual moves, she busts them, and dutifully marks each incident in a diary. This behavior becomes obsessive and based on a situation in her past. So when she truly starts to like a guy in her former med class, the atmosphere becomes more mysterious.

Carey Mulligan in Chicago, circa 2018
Photo credit: Joe Arce for Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Carey Mulligan roots goes back to the well received “Pride and Prejudice” in 2005, her film debut as one of the younger Bennett sisters. After many TV and smaller film roles she broke through with her Oscar nominated “An Education” (2009), and then did a series of notable roles including “Public Enemies” (2009), “Never Let Me Go” (2010), “Shame” (2011), “The Great Gatsby” (2013) and “Suffragette” (2015). She was most recently also featured in “The Dig” (2021) and has three more projects upcoming.

In 2018, Carey Mulligan walked the Red Carpet at the Chicago International Film Festival for the film “Wildlife.” Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com got the interview and insight from the actor …

The 93rd Academy Awards is on Sunday, April 25th at 8pmET/7pmCT on ABC-TV, and will take place at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre and Union Station.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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