Cate Blanchett shines in the movie industry as one of the best actresses of our time. From Steven Soderbergh’s “The Good German” to Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Blanchett often works with the biggest directors of today and will continue to do so in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella.” She’s earned numerous awards, including an Oscar for her role as Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator,” and is respected around the world. Though her strong suit is controlled emotion in meaningful dramas, she does have a funny bone (such as her goofy roles in “Pushing Tin” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”). In her latest film, director Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” she stars as the title character, and it’s one of her most interesting roles to date. Perfectly suited to her talents, where does “Blue Jasmine” rate in Blanchett’s phenomenal career? Here’s a look at Cate Blanchett’s top five performances.
5. I’m Not There – Jude
Winning the Best Supporting Female Award at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, Cate Blanchett’s performance as a version of Bob Dylan is incredible. The film is awfully weird, but Blanchett shockingly embodies the distinct singer. Who would have thought an Australian actress could play one of the world’s most famous American, male musicians?
4. Oscar and Lucinda – Lucinda
In 1997, Blanchett earned one of her first starring roles alongside superstar Ralph Fiennes in “Oscar and Lucinda” and showed early on that she has a talent for depth and strength. Based on a book by Peter Carey and set in the mid-1800s, “Oscar and Lucinda” is the story of a young priest and young heiress that both love to gamble; together they build a glass church and attempt to transport it while developing feelings for each other.
3. Babel – Susan Jones
Though her performance relies heavily on her connection with Brad Pitt as her husband, Blanchett gives one of the most noteworthy performances in “Babel.” With a story that travels around the world, the couple played by Pitt and Blanchett is heart-wrenching. They are a couple that have grown apart, but when faced with an emergency’s vulnerability can still rely on each other. Blanchett’s character is cold at first but becomes scared and fragile.
2. Heaven – Philippa
In Tom Tykwer’s film from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s script, Blanchett plays Philippa, a woman looking for justice and revenge but is filled with guilt after her plan goes awry. In Italian and English, Giovanni Ribisi gives his best performance, which complements Blanchett’s fragility in “Heaven.” When she realizes that her plan tragically failed, Philippa’s reaction is powerful. And Blanchett boldly shaved her head for a scene later in the film.
1. Blue Jasmine- Jasmine
In Woody Allen’s dramatic social criticism, Blanchett stars as Jasmine in “Blue Jasmine.” A modern Blanche from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Jasmine is driven mad by the destruction of her perfect life. So often, Blanchett has controlled emotion (such as her twice Oscar-nominated performances as Queen Elizabeth I), but Blanchett’s Jasmine cracks open into a raw, sometimes vicious desperation.