BAFTA + NBR win, what does it all mean for Carey Mulligan?

Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan in 'An Education'

A previous front-runner in the Best Actress race, her brilliant portrayal was overshadowed by the Bullock-Streep hoopla dating back to the Critic’s Choice Awards. But after her BAFTA win last weekend,  she has been given new awards season life.

Without a doubt Mulligan and her fellow nominee Gabourey Sidibe gave two of the best performances of last year, but the fact that both young women are seemingly ‘wet behind the ears’ has been a major game changer, in my opinion.

Mulligan has only recently become a household name and that’s due to her recent  nominations because lets face it, unless you were actively seeking out ‘An Education’, you  probably haven’t seen or even heard of the film. Poor marketing at its finest. Whereas everyone has seen or heard of ‘The Blind Side’ and ‘Julie & Julia.’ Why? Because attached to both films are two of the biggest names in the industry.  Audiences love to love both Meryl and Sandra, while in Mulligan’s case they’re still trying to figure out who the hell she is.

But there is a light at the end of every tunnel and for Mulligan its her BAFTA win. In a particular scenario the 5,777 voting members of the Academy could split the vote on Bullock and Streep, causing a surprise and deserved win for either Mulligan or Sidibe. In this case,  Mulligan would probably have the votes.

Actress Carey Mulligan poseswith her Leading Actress BAFTA award (AP)

Either way with a week left of campaigning to do (final ballots are due on March 2nd) I expect Mulligan’s camp to go into overdrive.  Her recent win gives her a slight edge on the competition because with the exception of the Spirit Awards, the BAFTAs is the last major awards show before the Oscars. And with the recent release of the ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ International trailer,  if Mulligan wasn’t a household name before, she definitely will be once this film hits theaters.

So what do you think? Does Mulligan have what it takes to pull out a surprise win over Streep and Bullock? Or is all just wishful thinking?

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