The 2005 Academy Award winner is
all smiles at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Last King
of Scotland" in September.
(Photo: Jean-Paul Assenard/Wire Image)
Cate Blanchett has been on a tremendous roll during
the last 18 months. In early 2005 she
triumphed at the 77th Academy Awards, winning best
supporting actress honors for her role as Katharine
Hepburn in "The Aviator". Blanchett also won
the British Academy of Film and Television Award for
the role, and repeated the feat at the Screen Actors
Guild Awards in Hollywood. Earlier this year
she starred in "Little Fish", about a suburban woman
in Sydney whose life comes undone following a drug
deal in which she is involved. And in "Babel",
which opens in expanded release in the U.S. this
week, she appears with Brad Pitt as part of an
ensemble cast in the new film directed by Alejandro
Gonzalez Inarritu. In December, North American
moviegoers will get a chance to see the Australian
in two larger roles in the films "The Good German",
a World War II drama directed by Steven Soderbergh,
starring George Clooney and Tobey Maguire, and
"Notes On A Scandal", a drama about adultery and
other betrayals in which Dame Judi Dench stars.
The 37-year-old actor has been busy, which means
that work on the big screen is in abundance.
Aside from her role in high profile fare like Peter
Jackson's "Lord of The Rings" trilogy, Blanchett has
also been in little-seen films like "Veronica
Guerin" (2003), in which she played a real-life
investigative reporter in Ireland who bravely digs
for the truth about crime and corruption in a
notorious Irish crime family -- and pays for her job
with her life. The true story, which called
the world's attention to the everyday dangers faced
by investigative journalists around the world when
doing their work, was directed by Joel Schumacher.
Next year, Blanchett is slated to appear in several
films, including Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" about
people who take on various personas of the legendary
folk rocker Bob Dylan, and "The Golden Age" in which
Blanchett reprises the role of Queen Elizabeth I,
that she played in the 1998 film "Elizabeth".
Shekhar Kapur directed both "Elizabeth" films.
Clockwise from top: Cate Blanchett in "Babel" (Photo: Paramount
Vantage); With Tobey Maguire and George Clooney (center) in "The Good German"
(Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Brothers);
With Dame Judi Dench in "Notes On A Scandal" which opens in North America on
December 22 (Photo: Fox Searchlight).
The actor, whose performances have received wide
acclaim has also spoken out on several issues.
For example, Blanchett was quoted in one 2005
interview on the state of plastic surgery and women:
"I see someone's face, someone's body who'd had
children and I think they're the song lines of your
experience, and why would you want to eradicate
that? I look at people sort of entombing
themselves and all you see is their little pin holes
of terror... and you think, just live your life,
death is not going to be any easier just because
your face can't move."
Blanchett has also gone on record about her own
native country's racial strife, returning to
Australia last December to address the race-riots
between white Australians and Lebanese-Australians
in Sydney and on the beaches of that city and
surrounding areas. "It's actually very clear
and simple. Violence and racism are bad. Whenever
they occur they are to be condemned . . . we should
not turn a blind eye to them. It's about
respect. Respect for others, respect for the
rights of others and respect of the rights of
everyone to go about their lives in a peaceful way."
Cate Blanchett's career keeps rising -- and her
versatility continues to grow. Along with
fellow country compatriots Nicole Kidman and Naomi
Watts, she is sure to continue her ascendancy, not
just in the role of Queen Elizabeth, but through the
varying of the horizons and directions in which she
stretches an already highly successful and rewarding
Left: Cate Blanchett in "Little Fish", a film released in select theaters in
North America earlier this year. Right: in "Veronica Guerin", a film
based on a true story about the Irish
journalist who is assassinated when
digging for the truth about the Irish mob in Northern Ireland. (Photo:
Published: November 2006