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Cate Blanchett's Best Roles

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Is Cate Blanchett Great at Everything? (Spoiler: Yes)


You don’t have to see a list of awards nominations, trophies, and achievements to know that Cate Blanchett is exceedingly talented. It only takes a viewing of any one of her many masterful performances. In her new film, WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, Blanchett plays a loving mother who seems to have it all — until she mysteriously vanishes, off on a personal journey to reconnect with her creative side.

Bernadette seems to have little in common with Blanchett, whose entire career is built on creativity. The Australian actress has put her mark on roles in every corner of the acting world, from the stage to the screen, from blockbusters to independent films, and everything in between. Below, we take a closer look at five roles that show off Blanchett’s impressive range and prove that she just might be great at everything she does.



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For Blanchett, Queen Elizabeth I was the movie role that started it all. ELIZABETH was actually Blanchett’s fourth film, but it was a huge breakout role for the actress, who had previously won over audiences with her stage performances. In ELIZABETH, Blanchett took on the formidable role of Elizabeth Tudor, the 16th century monarch who ruled over a divided England. Although her detractors believe her to be weak, Elizabeth is headstrong and resists the notion that she should marry for political reasons – or at all. Blanchett’s performance was so powerful that it earned her an Oscar® nomination for Best Actress, the first of many to come.


The Lord of the Rings

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Following a string of fantastic performances in films like THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY and THE GIFT, Blanchett signed on for her first major blockbuster: THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Peter Jackson’s trilogy, based on the classic books by J.R.R. Tolkien, featured an excellent ensemble cast, led by Elijah Wood and Sir Ian McKellen. Blanchett starred in all three films as Galadriel, a royal elf who advises Wood’s hero on his epic and perilous quest. She’s more than just a guide, however, as Galadriel shows the danger of being tempted by power. Blanchett makes her empathetic without stripping the character of her Elvish haughtiness.


The Aviator

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Eight years into her acting career, Cate Blanchett had already worked with an enviable roster of acclaimed filmmakers, including Stanley Kubrick (she had a small role in EYES WIDE SHUT), Anthony Minghella, Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi. In 2004, she partnered with another master when she signed on to star in Martin Scorsese’s THE AVIATOR, an epic biopic about the life of businessman, engineer, pilot and filmmaker Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). Blanchett played Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn, who was also Hughes’ close personal friend. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five. Blanchett won her very first Academy Award, taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her memorable performance.


Notes on a Scandal

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Blanchett stepped outside of her perceived comfort zone for two nerve-rattling dramas: 2006’s NOTES ON A SCANDAL and 2013’s BLUE JASMINE. Of all the roles she’s played, these two are among the most unforgettable. We’ll focus on NOTES ON A SCANDAL, in which Blanchett stars as Sheba, an art teacher who’s just transferred to a school in London. There, she befriends Barbara (Judi Dench), an older, unmarried history teacher with a little too much time on her hands. When Barbara catches Sheba in a compromising position with an underage student, the relationship between the two escalates into psychological warfare, with Blanchett’s Sheba slowly spiraling out of control.


Thor: Ragnarok

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Dramas, thrillers, historical dramas, biopics, horror, comedy, fantasy blockbusters, theatre, animated movies – Cate Blanchett had basically done it all… except for one thing: Superheroes. In 2017, Blanchett joined the biggest franchise on the planet, taking on the villainous role of Hela in THOR: RAGNAROK. The actress absolutely relished in the devilish role of Thor’s long-lost sister, a powerful goddess whose tendencies lean towards “homicidal.” Once unleashed, Hela becomes the first villain who presents a truly formidable threat to Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder. Leave it to Cate Blanchett to play the coolest villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.

Now, in WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, Cate Blanchett gets to combine her talents for creating enigmatic characters with her flair for wry comedy. Her character, Bernadette, struggles to manage her family responsibilities while also attending to her own creative needs. That conflict drives her down a surprising path — one which gives Blanchett the sort of material on which she thrives.

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