Locally filmed "Carol" could take home up to six Oscar statuettes on Feb. 28.
The Weinstein Company-produced film, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt, is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Blanchett, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mara, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score for composer Carter Burwell, Best Cinematography for Edward Lachman, and Best Costume Design for Sandy Powell.
Blanchett already has two Oscar wins under her belt, as a Supporting Actress for her role in 2004's "The Aviator" and as a Lead Actress in 2013's "Blue Jasmine," and six Oscar nominations. Mara was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2011's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." She won the Best Actress Award for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for her role in "Carol."
Costume Designer Sandy Powell has won three Academy Awards for Costume Design, for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love," 2004's "The Aviator," and 2009's "The Young Victoria." Edward Lachman was nominated for an Oscar for his work on 2002's "Far From Heaven."
"Carol," which was filmed in Southwest Ohio including areas of Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Lebanon, was also nominated for five Golden Globes, the most of any film including Best Picture, but failed to win any at the awards ceremony on Jan. 10. It is currently playing at the NEON Theatre in downtown Dayton. NEON Manager Jonathan McNeal, who was an extra in the movie and is featured in several scenes, called the film "exquisite" and named it one of his top movies to see in 2015.
“Carol” isn’t the only movie filmed in Ohio that has been making early waves on the award circuit: Three movies filmed in the Buckeye State were selected to premier at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: “Goat,” filmed in Cincinnati; “The Land,” shot in Cleveland, and “The Fits,” also filmed in Cincinnati.
“Carol’s” leading women were also recognized for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: Blanchett was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role; Mara, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
Watch the trailer for "Carol" via YouTube:
The 88th annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.