It's a shame her breath has made her a pariah in the industry.
I prefer her and Naomi Watts to Nicole Kidman. Nicole is dominant without being popular. Annoying.
Naomi is getting bigger roles than Kidman these days. And is in more hits.
Is she really just straight and boring and married with kids? She excels at androgyny.
R2, I like all 3. They're all great actresses. Cate is less versatile, but she's my favorite of them all.
Love Cate. I hope "Blue Jasmine" is a good film. Same with "The Monuments Men." She was barely in "The Hobbit."
I never really cared for Blanchett before, but after seeing her in Streetcar at BAM, I was a convert. She's an extraordinary stage actress, and I think that's where she does her best work. She's doing Genet's The Maids with Isabelle Huppert in Sydney this summer, which almost makes me want to book a flight to Australia!
Because of her theater commitments, she hasn't been in many movies lately, but she's coming back with a vengeance this year, with new films by Woody Allen, Terrence Malick and Clooney.
I love Watts but surely Cate is the most versatile R5. She clearly has the most range by far and is really the only one these days comparable to Meryl Streep.
She has maybe been a little overshadowed by Tilda Swinton lately who is similar (like in the androgyny department) but both great actresses who have a penchant for arthouse.
Compare this to box office poison Kidman who thinks she is arthouse and like Tilda and Cate but just tries too hard to be taken seriously, as if working with prestige directors is enough. She is the most one note of actresses and plays the same ice queen over and over again (albeit very well sometimes).
Cate is one of my favorite actresses, but I think there are just certain characters she can't play. She has a certain gravitas that limits her, but also makes her very commanding and extremely captivating.
Nicole has been throwing noodles against the wall. Prestige directors is pushing it. Grace of Monaco could be high art or a complete disaster, but she has shown a resistance to aging naturally and this edges her towards late Joan Crawford. The material choices, like Stoker, are awful. I hope The Railway Man is good. Does anyone know?
Love Blanchett on screen but feel she is just an adequate stage actress. In the extraordinary Uncle Vanya, she was merely ordinary while Hugo Weaving, Jacki Weaver and Richard Roxborough were outstanding. In Streetcar she was flat out terrible playing all of Blanche's story in the first five minutes. Joel Edgerton was much better opposite her.
Did you see Bandits, R9? Cate can do comedy, with Bruce Willis!
With fame she became mannered. (That said, I like her Kate in The Aviator - it's campy.)
She was amazing in STREETCAR, but so so in UNCLE VANYA. She depends on the director to give the best performance she can.
I love her in that movie with Judi Dench. Felt dirty in a good way.
The book was much better, R14. And funny.
Cate can't act. I proved THAT didn't I?
Kate Hepburn's screen and public personae was so over the top campy, and I agree Cate was wise to just go for it. Giving her an Oscar for playing Hepburn was the height of Academy masturbation (her 5th Oscar!), but at least Cate is a theater trained actress. Most actresses now are really young, have to learn on the job, and then watch the hour glass run out. Clooney went right to Blanchett, for (again) the only female role in The Monuments Men, so that was a high compliment.
R16 I'm still bitter she lost to GOOP that year.
She needs a Best Actress win within the next 5 years to remain credible.
She needs a Best Actress win within the next 5 years to remain credible...
I'm on the Cannes jury this year! A little can-can, a little snuggle with Harvey. It's a living.
Did I win Cannes? I must have at some point, no?
MAMIE!!!! Go thru the trophies and look for anything written in French!!!
Didn't Cate just pocket a $14 million check from Armani? It seems classy.
Meryl won at Cannes for A Cry in the Dark.
I wish she had done Closer instead of Julia Roberts. She would have made the role much more interesting.
would rather be a mother than an actress.... selection of roles based on convenience to family obligations first.... this is according to her.
Why did Cate quit "Closer"?
[quote]would rather be a mother than an actress.... selection of roles based on convenience to family obligations first.... this is according to her.
please. I did both and with twice as many kids.
R29, Cate Blanchett got pregnant and had to drop out of Closer. Would have been a totally different film with her instead of Julia Roberts. I am rooting for Julia, now that she has some good material in her hands.
Even with great material you can only do so much when you're a subpar Actress.
Where does Toni Collette place amongst Kidman, Watts and Blanchett?
Saw Blanchett on stage twice for Big and Small (Paris and London). Amazing, fearless actress. I was very much a fan of her on film since Elizabeth (and Aviator, and I'm not there, and so many others), but was overblown by her work on stage. Two days of my life I will never forget.
She's going to be the wicked stepmother in Disney's Cinderella that Kenneth Branagh is directing. Emma Watson turned down the lead role so there is no Cinderella yet, but I'm sure Cate will be awesome.
Has she ever played a villain before?
[quote]Has she ever played a villain before?
R37, is it any good? That's the one with that Saoirse Ronan girl right?
Also that dreadful Indiana Jones movie, she was a villain in that.
And her character in Shitting News wasn't exactly symmpathetic, but who wants to remember that movie???? Starring Douchebag Spacey.
Her character in Babel: hardly likeable. Perhaps the only movie where I found Brad Pitt to be any good, aside from his toy boy turn in Thelma & Louise. And possibly Se7en.
And once again, let's not forget... I was the REAL star of Se7en!
she was excellent in "Veronica Guerin"
Cate Blanchett is excellent in anything she does! Minus maybe one or two missteps
Wait is this still a villain-discussion?
Has anyone seen The Gift? Sam Raimi film with Cate, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Giovani Ribisi and Katie Holmes. Really dark and creepy film. The acting is incredible, even by Keanu.
Possibly the best of the lot R33, she has the most soul, yet is also the freest. Not getting the roles or attention she should though. Her old co-star Rachel Griffiths deserves mention but had to also go in to TV.
R34 I was going to mention that. Said to be the performance of her career. Wish I could see all this stage stuff. :(
R38 Hanna is decent/worth seeing.
I'm lucky enough to live in Sydney and see her beautiful stage work on a regular basis. She really is magnificent and fearless. I also admire her continued commitment to the Australian film industry (as I do Colette's and Griffiths'). I highly recommend watching Blanchett in "Little Fish", where she plays a heroin addict trying to get her life back on track.