Cate accepted MOMA Film Benefit on November 17. At the event we could see people that have worked with Cate such as: Todd Haynes, Rooney Mara, Martin Scorsese and Ralph Fiennes.
Images from the event:
So what happened there? The New York Times made a special article about the event!
Cate Blanchett seemed only dimly aware of the cameras registering her arrival Tuesday night at the Museum of Modern Art: She was too deep in conversation with Martin Scorsese, whom she towered above.
Mr. Scorsese, who directed Ms. Blanchett’s Oscar-winning performance in “The Aviator,” was a co-chairman of the museum’s annual film benefit, which this year honored Ms. Blanchett. It also happened to be his 73rd birthday.
When she finally pulled away, Ms. Blanchett turned her laser focus to the swarm of photographers. She wore an embroidered dress in silk tulle and taffeta by Chanel, the night’s sponsor, her hair swept severely to one side.
What were she and Mr. Scorsese discussing so intensely? “Oh, we were talking about ‘Silence,’” she said, referring to his coming film.
Ms. Blanchett’s collaborators, past and present, had come to extol her, including Ralph Fiennes, her co-star in “Oscar and Lucinda,” and Todd Haynes, who directed her as a 1950s housewife who begins an affair with a younger woman (Rooney Mara) in the new film “Carol.”
Does she have trouble taking compliments? “With constructive criticism, you know what to do with it,” Ms. Blanchett said. “But praise is very difficult to deal with.”
Sarah Paulson, who plays her former lover in “Carol,” said that playing opposite her was less intimidating than it may seem. “Sometimes people with all the birthday cake don’t like to share their birthday cake, but Cate’s the kind of person that will give you the birthday cake because she knows she already has the whole cake,” she said.
Over cocktails, Glenn D. Lowry, the museum’s director, declined to name his favorite Cate Blanchett movie. “It’s like children,” he said. “You never comment on Billy or Bob, because Betsy gets upset.” (He later changed his mind, saying, “The answer’s ‘Elizabeth.’”)
Afterward, the crowd, which included Mr. Scorsese’s co-chairwoman,Cindy Sherman, and co-chairman, Graydon Carter, filed down to the auditorium. Rajendra Roy, the museum’s chief film curator, introduced a surprise video from Woody Allen. “I was invited to attend, but mercifully I had a prior engagement,” Mr. Allen said from a dark, undisclosed location.
Tributes followed from Mr. Haynes, Mr. Fiennes and the artist Julian Rosefeldt, who showed a slide show from “Manifesto,” his art film featuring Ms. Blanchett in various guises: puppeteer, windswept newsreader, bearded hobo. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you did Mike Tyson next,” he said.
A dinner of roasted cauliflower salad and tournedos of beef followed. Ms. Mara came over to let Mr. Haynes and Ms. Paulson feel her black lace dress, while, across the table, the director’s father, Allen Haynes, bragged about his son’s first film, shot in their backyard in Los Angeles at age 9. “It was ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” he said. “Todd played all the parts except Juliet.”
Over a toffee pudding dessert, the singer Halsey performed a couple of songs. Despite having just sold out Madison Square Garden, she guessed that few in the crowd “have any idea who I am.”
That most likely wouldn’t have included Mr. Scorsese. He had slipped out hours earlier to attend his birthday dinner.