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Cate Blanchett’s Oscar Odds

THERE’S no guarantee that she’ll take them home, but Cate Blanchett is odds-on to be nominated for two Oscars in this year’s Academy Awards celebrity rollcall.

In fact, her nominations were virtually assured when she joined the casts of Elizabeth: The Golden Age and the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.

Sociologists have joined ranks with Hollywood prognosticators, who claim Blanchett’s name will be read out twice when the Academy announces its nominees early tomorrow in Beverly Hills.

According to Nicole Esparza of Harvard University in Boston, Blanchett’s talent has nothing to do with it. “It’s surprising how many variables other than a performer’s talent play a role in determining who gets nominated,” Ms Esparza said.

Along with Gabriel Rossman of the University of California at Los Angeles, Ms Esparza analysed data from the Internet Movie Database on 171,539 performances by 39,518 actors in 19,351 films to find out what factors boosted the likelihood of an Academy Award nomination. They found an actor’s choice of subject matter was numero uno.

“The odds of being nominated for an Academy Award are so much greater for performers who appear in dramas that … it really pays to be a drama queen,” Assistant Professor Rossman said.

Given that actors were nine times more likely to receive a nomination for their work in a drama than in a non-drama, Blanchett chose well.

Moreover, she has the good fortune of being a woman. Females were twice as likely to be nominated as males for any given performance, Ms Esparza and Professor Rossman write in a report for the California Centre for Population Research.

Blanchett has met other criteria on their list. She’s been nominated before, received top-billing, worked with previously nominated writers and directors and appeared in a movie represented by a major film distributor, a factor that doubles her chance of a nomination.

Blanchett is up for a Best Actress nomination for Elizabeth and a Best Supporting Actress nod for her team effort in I’m Not There, a performance The Australian’s film critic David Stratton applauded.

“I think she’ll win for that role,” Stratton said. “It’s so unusual and striking and very different. Her performance was very much admired.”

As is Blanchett herself. Although the researchers found no link between being an Academy darling and being nominated, Stratton said being disliked “works against you”.

If Blanchett’s turn as ElizabethI is also admired, she may bring home acting’s holy grail: two Oscars in one night, a feat never accomplished.

The IMDb revealed that Julianne Moore (2003), Holly Hunter (1994) and Emma Thompson (1994) were nominated twice but failed to win both categories.

And while Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster were multi-award winners, they never swept both categories simultaneously.

Where does all this leave Russell Crowe’s efforts for 2007, 3:10 to Yuma and American Gangster? Nowhere, Stratton said: “They’re not Oscar material.” And he’s a guy.

The 2007 Sydney Theatre Awards

Earlier today Cate and Andrew attended the 2007 Sydney Theatre Awards. Cate, in a cute little black dress looks absolutely gorgeous! Her bump is really starting to show now and its adorable! She is most definitely glowing, I can’t wait to see what gowns she will choose in the upcoming award season.

 

Cate’s Two Shots at BAFTAS

Blanchett was nominated as leading actress for her role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and as best supporting actress for her role in the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, for which she picked up a Golden Globe earlier this week.

The BAFTAs are normally overshadowed by the Oscars and Golden Globes – but this year the awards could shape up to be the film industry’s main event because of the ongoing US screenwriters’ strike.

The industrial action forced the cancellation of the Globes’ traditional red-carpet extravaganza on Monday and also threatens this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, scheduled for February 24.

Film stars are reportedly vying to present the BAFTA awards in London next month, which is likely to attract a healthier list of A-list stars than in previous years.

Blanchett will be up against British actress Keira Knightley in the leading actress category.

Knightley was nominated for her role in romantic drama Atonement, which took the lion’s share of BAFTA nominations last night, with 14 nominations, including best film and best British film.

Director Joe Wright was nominated for best director for the film – an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel about life and love in World War II – which won best picture at the US Golden Globes on Monday.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s bleak No Country for Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a ruthless oil baron, each received nine nominations.

source: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au

Cate Nominated for Two Golden Globes

AUSTRALIA’S Cate Blanchett defied critics of her film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, with a nomination for best actress in a drama at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

The Golden Globes nominations were only just announced in Hollywood, with the winners announced on January 13.

However, the wonder from Down Under faces stiff competition from two American darlings; Angelina Jolie for A Mighty Heart and recently outed Jodie Foster for The Brave One.

If Blanchett loses, she still has a shot at gold, with a second nod – as best supporting actrees – for her remarkable gender-bending transformation as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. Ever the perfectionist, Blanchett admits she stuck a sock down her pants to help her walk “more like a man” for the role.

Most nominations this year didn’t go to a Hollywood film at all. The sumptuous British epic Atonement led the way with seven nods in all, including hot young thesps Keira Knightley and James McAvoy up for best actor and actress for steaming up the screen.

US political comedy Charlie Wilson’s War received the next most – five – including nods for stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

Yet the film critics and audiences are raving about is the slick US crime thriller American Gangster, with nomination for best film, best actor (Denzel Washington) and best director (Ridley Scott). Aussie Russell Crowe failed to be recognised despite his scintillating performance.

Its biggest threats are from fellow US films No Country For Old Men (four nods) and There Will Be Blood (two) – both about greed and violence in the American West.

The only other Aussie nominated this year were Rose Byrne for TV’s legal drama Damages and Rachel Griffiths for the dysfunctional family comedy Brothers and Sisters.

To view all the nominees, go to: http://www.goldenglobes.org/

The Golden Globe winners are announced on January 13 in Hollywood.

Just a Minute With: Cate Blanchett

By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett says she is looking forward to trading the silver screen for the stage in her new role as co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company.

In January Blanchett, 38, and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, begin a three-year stint heading the Sydney company where she began her career 13 years ago.

They are aiming to develop the ensemble, ‘green’ the building, and expand the appeal of theater.

While she has a clause that allows her to take out three months each year to pursue other projects, Blanchett said she does not have any film roles lined up for 2008 and will be concentrating on acting with the company.

She recently spoke to Reuters, while promoting her latest movie “I’m Not There,” in which she plays a male singer inspired by Bob Dylan.

Q: Does this change mean you won’t be acting as much?

A: “You can’t keep me off the stage!”

Q: Who would you most like to work with?

A: “Where do you start! Ingmar Bergman has passed away unfortunately. I’d like to work with Geoffrey Rush again and Richard Roxburgh.”

Q: If your career ended tomorrow what film would you most like to be remembered for?

A: “That’s an impossible question to answer. I don’t watch them more than once so I tend to forget them.”

Q: What do you look for in roles?

A: “It’s rarely the character actually. It’s the components like who is directing, what other actors are in it. And increasingly with the children (she has two young sons) it’s the timing.”

Q: Did you always want to act?

A: “People always said I should, but no. I would have loved to have been, if I had the talent, I would have loved to have been a painter I think. But I think part of the reason of being an actor is the conversation, being with the other people.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most about returning to Australia?

A: “To be honest, apart from being all back together again as a family — because Andrew’s been in Australia doing a play — it’s embarking on the Sydney Theatre Company obviously, the work there, I’m really excited.”

Dylan Movie To Get Cover Treatment by NY Times Magazine

The trade publication Editor & Publisher has disclosed many of the details of next Sunday’s cover story in The New York Times Magazine about I’m Not There, in which six actors play Bob Dylan. The article, titled “This Is Not a Bob Dylan Movie,” quotes Cate Blanchett, who plays one of the Dylans as saying, “I don’t know that it does make sense. … I don’t think the film even strives to make sense, in a way.” Producer Harvey Weinstein, who says in the article that he will get Blanchett an Oscar nomination or kill himself, also remarks, “Nothing’s ever been attempted like this before [in film]. … There are scenes and episodes that are amongst the best filmmaking that has taken place in American film. … There are other sections that are going to be a little bumpy.” Speaking at the New York Film Festival Tuesday night, director Todd Haynes was asked about his decision to cast Blanchett as one of the Dylans. According to the online Radar magazine, he replied, “For all the ways that Dylan is associated as a guy’s artist or a heterosexual kind of icon, his flamboyance and foppery during that time were profound, and it must have been a freaker for people at the time.” The film is due to open on November 21.