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1. Cate Blanchett has incredible range
Like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett is able to disappear convincingly into her characters. She also excels with accents. One should note that the Australian Blanchett is always assuming an accent, whether it be Irish, French, German, Elizabethan, London, Middle Earth, Southern or Park Avenue. She memorably played the crusading Irish journalist in “Veronica Guerin” in 2003. She adopted a French accent in “Monuments Men.” Opposite Judi Dench, Blanchett played a London schoolteacher having an affair with a student in “Notes on a Scandal,” earning an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress in 2007.
Cate has also morphed into fantasy characters in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit.” One of the few times we have heard her native Australian accent was in “Little Fish,” (2005), in which she played a drug addict. In “Coffee and Cigarettes,” (2003), she plays two roles: herself and her less-famous cousin.
Every time she’s in a movie she adopts a new accent and persona. In other words, she’s not recognizable as herself, in the same way Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock generally are.
2. Cate has a commanding voice and has brilliantly portrayed real people.
She authoritatively took on the role of Queen Elizabeth I, netting two Academy Award nominations, for “Elizabeth,” in 1999, and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” in 2008. You remember her booming voice and inspiring speeches, as well as red hair, in those films. In Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” she captured Katherine Hepburn’s New England patrician voice patterns and demeanor, winning an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for the role in 2005. In addition to Elizabeth 1 and Katherine Hepburn, Blanchett was uncanny as Bob Dylan in “I’m Not Here,” which earned another Oscar nomination in 2006.
3. Blanchett shines in blockbusters as well as indies
She chooses her roles carefully based on the director, she has said, earning the respect of top directors like Scorsese, Allen, Steven Spielberg in “Indiana Jones,” as well as indie directors Todd Haynes, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch and Terrence Malick (upcoming).
4. She brings out the best in her fellow actors’ work.
She collaborates well with other actors, noticeably with Sally Hawkins as her sister in “Blue Jasmine.” Blanchett goes head to head with Judi Dench in the dramatic “Notes on a Scandal.” She complements Brad Pitt nicely in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and sparkles with Leonardo DiCaprio “The Aviator.” Blanchett also had a dazzling cameo with Matt Damon and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
5. She shines on both the stage and the screen.
When she’s not appearing in movies, Cate Blanchett works with her husband, director Andrew Upton, at the Sydney Theater Company. They brought productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Hedda Gabler” to the U.S., with great acclaim. She has said her role of Blanche DuBois in “Streetcar” inspired her performance in “Blue Jasmine.”
Cate Blanchett has an amazing body of work, and is fully deserving of the accolades that have come her way. And we hope those accolades include a Best Actress Oscar on Sunday.
(written by Peter Malbin for International Business Times, Source)