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.

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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.”

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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.

SBIFF Puts Blanchett in Master Class

Cate Blanchett, who reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” will be honored with the Modern Master Award at the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

She will receive the award during a tribute ceremony Jan. 26 at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre.

Blanchett, who earned Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for her performance in 1998’s “Elizabeth,” also is known for her roles in such films as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel” and Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. She won an Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” She also stars in Todd Haynes’ upcoming “I’m Not There,” in which she embodies one stage in the life of Bob Dylan.

“Cate Blanchett is the most consummate actor, and portraying Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan in the same year — and so indelibly — is pure alchemy,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said.

The SBIFF runs from Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by the festival; past recipients include Michael Douglas, Jackson and Jodie Foster.