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Cate Blanchett’s Most Memorable Roles

It’s not surprising that Cate Blanchett regularly gets mistaken for being from the U.S. or England, after all she’s well known for playing characters from both of those places.  She is in fact from Australia however, where  she still lives.  With the release of The Hobbit this weekend we decided it was time to take a look at this Academy Award winning actresses career and list our favourite movies in which she’s appeared.

Elizabeth.  Cate Blanchett was nominated for her first Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth (in fact she was also nominated for the role in the movie’s sequel), and it was a shame she didn’t win.  For this movie she showcased the early years of the royal monarch’s reign, and really succeeded in bringing her to life.

The Gift.  In this movie Cate Blanchett plays a psychic who is asked to help find a missing woman, and finds herself running into all sort of trouble from the people surrounding the case.  This movie would not have been what it was without her participation, which is why it is included in this list. Even with a great supporting cast around her, Cate still managed to steal the show.

The Aviator.  Sure, Cate Blanchett’s role was pretty small in this picture where she played Katharine Hepburn,  but it earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  It was also the first time a statue had been earned by anyone for playing a previous Oscar winner.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Again, Cate Blanchett played a relatively small role in the movies, but she gave the Elf Queen Galadriel such an ethereal presence that you sure didn’t forget her when the movies were done.

Babel.  This movie was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2006, and in it Cate Blanchett plays Brad Pitt’s wife, and is at the centerpiece of 4 interlocking stories.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  Once more Cate Blanchett is teamed up with Brad Pitt, but this time in a very non conventional way.  As Brad’s Benjamin character gets younger, Cate’s character gets older.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition, and it enables Cate to showcase her talent as she plays her character at many different ages.

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