Cate Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winning actress who rose to international fame with her portrayal of queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s film Elizabeth. She received her first academy award for Best Actress for Elizabeth in 1998 and second for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Aviator in 2004. She is one of the only six actresses to win Academy Awards in both leading and supporting actor categories. She has an impressive career, not just in films but also on stage. She won many accolades and awards for her stage performances.
Blanchett was born in Australia and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney. She started her career with stage and her first major role on stage was in the play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company in 1992. After this she gave many memorable performances on stage in plays including, Electra and Hamlet. She made her film debut with a supporting role of an Australian nurse in the film Paradise Road in 1997. By this time, she had earned significant praise and popularity in Australia. It was only with her film, Elizabeth in 1998 that she earned international acclaim and also her first Academy Award. Due to the success of this film, she went on to star in a few big films like Pushing Tin and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Blanchett earned more praise when she appeared in the Oscar winning trilogy – The Lords of the Rings as Galadriel. She then went on to star in films like Charlotte Gray, The Shipping News, Bandit, Heaven, The Missing and Veronica Guerin. In 2005, she starred as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s film, The Aviator for which, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. A few of her other successful films during this period were Babel, Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, opposite Brad Pitt.
With so much acclaim and experience under her belt, Blanchett became one of the A-list actresses by the early 2000s. She reprised her role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Hobbit (2012-14), prequel to The Lord of the Rings series. The following year she appeared in the lead role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine for which she got rave reviews and many awards. Recently she gave a power packed performance in the film The Monument Men, based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis. Her most recent box office outing was in the film The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
Source by Priti Jagwani