Rooney Mara to Receive Cinema Vanguard Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest Rooney Mara will receive this year’s Cinema Vanguard award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for her performance in Todd Haynes‘ “Carol.” Mara’s co-star in the 1940s lesbian drama, Cate Blanchett, will hand her the prize at a February 12 California ceremony, two hours north of Los Angeles. “From her scene-stealing turn in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ to her outstanding performance in his year’s ‘Carol,’ Rooney has repeatedly showcased her talents as one of the most gifted actors of her generation.