Award season is in full swing with new posters, clips, and everything possible being released to snag the attention of fans, critics, and The Academy. One of the more deserving attention-grabbing films might turn out to be Carol. I’m currently preparing to practically binge-watch all these Oscar contenders and this one just jumped to the top of my list. Here’s a quick synopsis:

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.

The clip (see below) has a naturalistic quality to it, like you’re not watching actors so much as people engaging in a conversation. Rooney Mara is due for some awards recognition and we should all acknowledge Cate Blanchett as radiance and beauty personified. Kyle Chandler looks like he was born 50 years too late so he’s always a good fit for these period pieces.

See the latest clip below:

See the latest poster below:

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Carol opens in select theaters November 20th, 2015.

Featured Image: The Weinstein Company