rooney mara oscars getty Rooney Mara: Oscar nom, dating Charlie McDowell and moreIt’s been a big couple of years for Rooney Mara. After winning the highly-coveted title role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” as a relative unknown in 2010, she has now received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for the role. Did you also know she’s dating Charlie McDowell, the son of a famous couple?

McDowell has been Mara’s beau since at least August 2010, when the two were photographed kissing before Rooney departed for Sweden to begin filming “Dragon Tattoo.” He is the son of “Clockwork Orange” star Malcolm McDowell and actress Mary Steenburgen. We had actually forgotten those two were even a couple at some point.

We’re looking forward to Rooney walking the Oscars red carpet. We sincerely hope that with all the success “Dragon Tattoo” has had that the filmmakers and actors push ahead with making the other two.

But the first thing on the horizon for Mara is “Lawless,” which boasts a star-studded roster. It is written and directed by fellow Oscar nominee Terrence Malick and stars Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale in addition to Mara.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."