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.


Elizabeth Screen Captures

Screen captures from Elizabeth (1998) have been added to the gallery. My DVD has some extra’s on it, so I’ll do my best to screencap those also. I also have a copy of Elizabeth: The Golden Age, so expect screencaps from that movie coming soon! For now, enjoy the captures!


Golden Globe Winners Announced

The Golden Globe Winners were announced on Sunday, and Cate Blanchett won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Bob Dylan in the unique biopic “I’m Not There”. Congratulations Cate!

Also, I’d like to welcome Laura as the new co-webmistress of CateBlanchettFan.Org. Welcome Laura!

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:

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.”

Video of Cate on Leno

Hey all, I just uploaded the video clip of Cate from Friday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You can check it out here.