Beautifully choreographed, "Carol" tells the story of a stunning, married, woman with a four-year-old daughter. She befriends and then romances a younger woman she meets casually who barely has developed a sense of herself. Their friendship evolves into a deep love that complicates their lives with men who don't understand them.
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Stewart found the Best Supporting Actress honor unexpected, given the movie Clouds of Sils Maria came out a year ago, but acknowledged that her work with Olivier Assayas was important to her because he was one of those directors able to "pull it out of me," even though she is a global star of popcorn movies.