The Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor Rooney Mara?

The Santa Barbara Film Festival kicks off today with the world premiere of Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest. The opening night program also will include a showing of the new Pixar short film, La Luna.

The festival, which runs through Feb. 5, will close with Nadine Labaki’s anti-war comedy Where Do We Go Now?

For its centerpiece gala, the Santa Barbara Film Festival has booked the U.S. premiere of the documentary Samsara, from director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson.

The festival is also set to honor recent Oscar nominees Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), as well as Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) at its 2012 Virtuosos Award program on Feb. 3.

Several other Oscar nominees will also receive awards throughout the fest including Viola Davis, who will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, Christopher Plummer, who will get the Modern Master Award, Martin Scorsese, who is set to receive the American Riviera Award, and Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award.

Source: Onlocation Vacations

Rooney Mara’s Dad Cried, Shouted, Prayed When She Earned Oscar Nomination

And you thought having lunch at your favorite burrito place on Wednesday meant you were having a good week! On Sunday evening, New York Giants senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara watched as the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime of the NFC Championship Game to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Then on Tuesday, he watched as his daughter, Rooney Mara, earned her first Oscar nomination.

“I watched it at home by myself,” Mara, whose late father Wellington owned the Giants for many years, told the New York Daily News. “I was kind of in between going to work and I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. So I stayed home and watched it.”

That decision paid off, as Rooney grabbed a surprise nomination for her work in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” putting her in league with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams and Glenn Close.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “I knew she was somewhere on the bubble and I really don’t know how those things work. So I let out a pretty loud roar. I cried for a while, then went to church and lit a few candles and I drove to work.”

Rooney, whose sister Kate is also an actress, was also at the NFC Championship Game on Sunday with her father, this despite the fact that it was held in enemy territory.

“It’s a rough crowd out there. It’s not like it used to be,” Chris said about Rooney’s experience in the stands in San Francisco. “But then again, I think she’s learned how to handle herself after the last film.”

Out now, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” also earned nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Source: New York Daily News

Thanks Luisa for the headsup!!

Rooney Mara On Oscar Nomination Reactions

Rooney Mara speaks to LA Times on her reaction to Oscar noms:

Nominated for actress: “I knew there was a very small chance,” Mara said from her home in Los Angeles after receiving the news from her mother. “I was very surprised, and I feel very honored and humbled to be a part of a list of women that I’ve looked up to for a while.”

… and to The Hollywood Reporter noms:

“I was sleeping and my phone started going crazy,” recalled Rooney Mara. The movie had been skirting around the edges of the awards season and was one of those questions marks on pundits’ radar.

“I knew there was a small chance but I wasn’t expecting it. I don’t know about the politics of (awards) but it came late in the game and it seems to me that a lot of the movies that got the awards came out early.

I feel really honored and humbled to be on the list.” One of the first people she talked to was Tattoo director David Fincher. While Mara kept most of the details of the conversation to herself, she revealed that she told him, “I could not have done it without him and he should feel responsible for the nomination and take pride in it.”

Rooney Mara Along With ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Scores Oscar Nominations

Congratulations to Miss Rooney Mara for scoring the catergory for ‘Acrtress In A Leading Role” for “The Girl With The Dragon” film! Additionally, the film itself has also scores the catergory for ‘Cinematography’, ‘Film Editing’, ‘Sound Editing’, ‘Sound Mixing’ for “The Girl With The Dragon”!

Actress In a Leading Role

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Cinematography

The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo – Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kaminski

Film Editing

The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen

Sound Editing

Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Rooney Mara ‘Le Grand Journal’ Promo Stills 01/03

I have uploaded new promotional stills of Rooney Mara takes part in a TV broadcast show ‘Le Grand Journal‘ on Canal Plus channel as part of the promotion of the movie ‘Millenium : The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, on January 3, 2012 in Paris. Based on the novels by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, the film directed by US David Fincher is the first part of the Millennium-trilogy.

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