Two films with big Oscar potential are among the flicks that will take center stage at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, officials announced Thursday.

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are expected to be up for top acting prizes for their roles in Carol. Director Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt, follows two women from disparate backgrounds in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York.

Mara won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival but is expected to snare a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Academy Awards so as not to compete with Blanchett, who is likely to garner her sixth Oscar nomination.


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