"I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees— I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?"
Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
DoB: May 14, 1969
Bio: Born in Melbourne, Australia to Robert Blanchett, a Texas-born United States Navy petty offucer and June, an Australian schoolteacher. Her father died of a heart attack when Cate was 10 years old. She has two siblings; older brother Bob and younger sister, Geneviève. She has been married to Andrew Upton for just over 10 years, they have two sons; Dashiell and Roman.
"He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant. It just shows you how wrong you can be. But once he kissed me that was that."
Cate has starred in 29 movies, starting with 'Parklands' in 1996 to her Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe nominated performance in 'Notes on a Scandal' where she plays opposite Dame Judi Dench for the second time (their first joint venture being 'Shipping News').
"I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head."
Cate is currently filming 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' alongside Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton, and has both 'The Golden Age' reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth and 'I'm Not There' with fellow Aussie Heath Ledger where they both take on the challenge of becoming Bob Dylan.
"I love strange choices. I'm always interested in people who depart from what is expected of them and go into new territory."
As of 2008, she and her husband will commence three-year contracts as artistic co-directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. The contracts include a clause that will allow either of them to take three months out each year to pursue other activities. So we can hope that Cate graces our screens again soon.
Lord of the Rings
An Ideal Husband
in black and white
and looking sexy