It's strange that a year ago, Carey Mulligan was just starting to get press, as critics reeled out of the Sundance Film Festival smitten with this newcomer's work in the warm and knowing "An Education."
Now she's got an Oliver Stone movie and a Mark Romanek movie both waiting for release, and she's Oscar-nominated for the same role that introduced her to filmgoers. Getting that sort of acclaim this early in a career can be dangerous, and I've been curious about how she's handled it.
When Dustin Hucks, our man in Santa Barbara this year, told me that he was going to talk to Mulligan as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, I thought it was fitting since he's new to doing interviews, and Mulligan is still relatively new to giving them. Hopefully this is just one of several interviews that Dustin will be filing with us this week. In particular, I hope he talks to Kathryn Bigelow, since he's an ex-Marine, and I think that would be a great perspective for their conversation.
I sincerely dig Mulligan's work. I almost hope she doesn't win, though, because I think it would complicate her career in a way that she doesn't need at this point. The nomination is such a huge thing that I think it's put her on the map, and now it's time to just see what she can do for a while.
Dustin... take it away: