To kickstart Collision Film’s Actors Appreciation Season, Cate Blanchett will be the focus of this blog post. The two time Academy Award winning actress has a diverse and exciting filmography, having worked with incredible talent and tackling interesting characters. She can do no wrong.
I’d be lying if I said I’ve seen all of her work, but from what I have seen she is easily one of the most exciting actresses out there. I’m going to highlight some of my favourite work that she has done, to showcase her talent.
The first role I saw her in was as Lady Galadriel in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). She brought such class and elegance to the role, fittingly so for she was playing Lady of the Light. The character has had a lasting impact of the Middle Earth franchise, yet to be honest she’s not the most prominent character. This is a testament to a great actress making her mark on the films and being a core part of the series.
One of my favourite films starring Cate Blanchett is in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Co-starring with Brad Pitt, she plays his love interest (Daisy) over the course of his life and yet she is an integral part of the film. Cate Blanchett has to embody different stages of Daisy’s life, the young aspiring ballerina to the carer of Benjamin, and she does so with ease. Daisy guides the audience through the film, telling the unique love story between herself and Benjamin Button.
The ultimate performance of Cate Balnchett comes from 2013’s Blue Jasmine. If you want a showcase of a powerhouse performance, watch that film. Blue Jasmine itself is a decent film, but it is Blanchett’s reckless character that carries the film and she totally makes it her own. We see Jasmine during her highs and lows, Blanchett has to portray a character who has lost everything and is trying to rebuild her life. This role earned Blanchett her second Oscar win, for Best Actress in a Leading role (having been nominated total of 5 Oscars) and also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Film Award.
Whilst it’s hard to pinpoint certain Lord of the Rings actors careers since the trilogy ended, Blanchett has been a force to be reckoned with. Paving herself a stellar career, working with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, Woody Allen and David Fincher, she has firmly established herself as a true actress who is dedicated to her craft.
An interesting fact about Blanchett is that from 2008 to 2013, she and her husband Andrew Upton were co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company and she has had an extensive stage career. That’s what makes her amazing, is her true love for her craft both on stage and on screen and she makes it look effortless.
Blanchett can be currently seen in Cinderella (2015), despite the fact she’s not playing the titular role, she basically owns that films and plays one of the most interesting characters in the film.