Cate Blanchett is a two time Academy Award® winning actress, most recently garnering the Best Actress award for her role as Jasmine in Woody Allen’s 2013 film, Blue Jasmine. Her portrayal of Jasmine also earned her the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.
In 2004, Blanchett won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which she also won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards® and received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars®, as Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and as Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There, making her only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year.
Blanchett has plans to go behind the camera for the first time to direct Herman Koch’s novel, The Dinner, a psychological thriller. Blanchett has partnered with producer Cotty Chubb’s ChubbCo Film Co and Academy-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman for the project.
Cate Blanchett served as the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, alongside Andrew Upton from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. She has also received an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University. CAROL was produced in association with Blanchett and Upton’s company Dirty Films.
Rooney Mara is known for mesmerizing audiences and critics alike in the David Fincher directed U.S. adaptation of the popular Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
She recently starred in Pan, directed by Joe Wright, in the role of “Tiger Lily" alongside Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried. In addition, she also stars in Stephen Daldry’s film Trash, set in the slums of Brazil with a script written by Richard Curtis. The film premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October 2014.
Mara will next star in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture along with Vanessa Redgrave and Jeremy Irons. The story revolves around a women’s extended stay at a mental hospital.
Mara is the Founder of the non-profit organization Uweze, which provides critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Africa’s largest slum in Kibera, Kenya.
An Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG nominated actress, Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage. Paulson recently stars in the fifth installment of Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed series American Horror Story: Hotel on FX.
Paulson also starred in director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which was named Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards®. For her performance, Paulson earned a SAG Award nomination as part of the film’s ensemble cast. The critically acclaimed film also received the Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture, Drama, as well as Best Feature at The Independent Spirit Award among other honors.
On stage, Paulson starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin. Previously she appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically acclaimed Cherry Orchard.
On screen, Paulson can also be seen alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols' film Mud. Paulson received the 2014 Robert Altman Award alongside her cast at the Film Independent Spirit Awards for her performance as part of the ensemble. Other works to her credit include the films Game Change, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and her first Golden Globe® nomination was for her performance in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Jake Lacy’s first series regular role was on the ABC comedy series Better With You, starring opposite Joanna Garcia, but he is best known for his role as “Pete” on the ninth and final season of NBC’s The Office.
Jake followed The Office with two independent films: opposite Jenny Slate in Obvious Child, which premiered at The Sundance Festival 2014, and Intramural, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival 2014. Jake leads a cast that includes Kate McKinnon, Nick Kocher, and Beck Bennett among others.
Jake was nominated with his ‘Office’ cast for a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for best Ensemble in a Comedy.
Cory Michael Smith currently stars as a series regular on the new hit FOX Series Gotham in the role of “Edward Nygma” (aka The Riddler). Smith can also be seen opposite Frances McDormand in the Emmy Award® winning HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, as well as Camp X-Ray opposite Kristen Stewart for IFC Films. He made his Broadway debut starring opposite Emilia Clarke in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Also during the 2012-2013 theater season, Cory starred Off-Broadway in both the U.S. premiere of Cock aka The Cockfight Play by Mike Bartlett at The Duke and the NY Premiere of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter at Playwrights Horizons (having originated the role at the Denver Center Theatre Company). He is a graduate of Otterbein University.
Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Portlandia, as well as an author and noted musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with Portlandia, and in 2012 and 2013 received an Emmy® nomination in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category for her work on the series. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011.
She first rose to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine lists Sleater-Kinney's song "Dig Me Out" as “One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”
Brownstein's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She is currently working on a memoir for Riverhead Books.
Kyle Chandler is most widely known for his role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, which wrapped its final season in 2011 to both critical and popular acclaim. For his final season as “Coach,” Kyle was awarded with the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Kyle is currently starring in the Netflix series Bloodlines, produced by the creators of Damages. In 2014, Kyle starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and in the as of yet Untitled Terrance Malick Project alongside Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett and others. Other film credits include Broken City, The Spectacular Now, Super 8, and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Todd Haynes (Writer/Director) has received numerous honors for directing and writing all of his films prior to Carol. Far From Heaven garnered Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and WGA® nominations for Best Screenplay, as well as nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, European Film Awards, London Critics Circle Film Awards, Satellite Awards, and the Venice Film Festival. Haynes won Best Screenplay awards from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Seattle Film Critics, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, and the Online Film Critics Society. For his direction of Far From Heaven, Haynes won an Independent Spirit Award, a Golden Satellite Award, and an award from the New York Film Critics Circle. The film won the Honorable Mention – SIGNIS Award at the Venice Film Festival and three awards at the 2003 GLAAD Media Awards.
His other award nominated works include I’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine, and Safe, which also won the American Independent Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize— Special Mention at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In addition, Safe was named Best Film of the 1990's by 100 major critics in the 1999 Village Voice Film Poll.
Haynes’ other noted works include his feature film debut, Poison, and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain.
Carol is Phyllis Nagy’s second film with Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Their first collaboration was the HBO film, Mrs. Harris, written and directed by Nagy, which premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival and went on to garner 12 Emmy® nominations (including nominations for Nagy for her writing and directing), three Golden Globe® nominations and two Screen Actors Guild® award nominations.
Also a playwright, Nagy’s plays have been performed throughout the world and include: Weldon Rising, The Strip, and Never Land at the Royal Court Theatre, London; Butterfly Kiss, Almeida Theatre Company, London, just to name a few.
Phyllis is currently working on three new screenplays: Whirlpool, based on the life of Rachel Roberts, a Dusty Springfield Project for Number 9 Films and Film Four, and an adaptation of The Luneberg Variation by Paolo Maurensig for Raindog Films – Colin Firth is attached to star. She has just been named as one of ten “Writers to Watch” by Variety. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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