5 things to know about "Carol"

The locally filmed, nomination-clad motion picture "Carol" is up for Oscar gold tonight.

Here are 5 things you should know.


1. Not only is the story intriguing, based on a novel by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" writer Patricia Highsmith and directed by Todd Haynes (who also directed "I'm Not There," "Far From Heaven" and "Velvet Goldmine," among many others), but there are local ties and cameos.

Jonathan McNeal

2. NEON Theatre's manager and Rubi Girls member Jonathan McNeal was an extra on the set for five days of filming: he can be seen for a split second near the end of the trailer, and more extensively in the final cut, according to the NEON's newsletter.
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shooting locally

3. Try and pick out the shots that were filmed just down the road in parts of Hamilton, Lebanon, and Cincinnati: don’t be surprised if the next time you enjoy a fried egg breakfast sandwich in Kostas Restaurant in Hamilton, there’s a sign saying “Carol was filmed here” in the window.


4. Academy Award winning actor Cate Blanchett drove a 1948 Packard Custom Victoria in the movie – and you can see it up close on display at America’s Packard Museum in downtown Dayton.


5. It's earned tons of honors already this awards season.  Carol was the frontrunner for the 73rd annual Golden Globes with five nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama, two for Best Actress in a Drama Film (Blanchett and costar Rooney Mara are both nominated), Best Director (Todd Haynes), and Best Original Score by composer Carter Burwell. Blanchett and Mara were also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and in a Supporting Role, respectively, for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cinematographer Ed Lachmann also was one of just five nominees for the 30th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards. 

Watch the trailer: