LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
Since graduating from
Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), CATE BLANCHETT
has worked extensively in the theater: with Company B, a loose ensemble of
actors including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Richard Roxburgh based at
Belvoir St. under the direction of Neil Armfield. Her roles included Miranda
("The Tempest"), Ophelia ("Hamlet" -for which she was
nominated for a Green Room Award), Nina ("The Seagull") and Rose
("The Blind Giant is Dancing").
For the Sydney Theater
Company (STC) she appeared in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", David
Mamet's "Oleanna" (awarded The Sydney Theater Critics award for Best
Actress), Michael Gow's "Sweet Phoebe" (also for the Croyden
Wearhouse, London) and Timothy Dalys "Kafka Dances" (also for The
Griffin Theatre Company) for which she received the Critics Circle award for
For the Almeida Theatre
in 1999, Blanchett played Susan Traheren in David Hare's "Plenty" on
London's West End. Her television credits include lead roles in "Bordertown"
and "Heartland," both for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Her film roles include
Susan Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; Lizzie in Thank
God He Met Lizzie, an anti-romantic comedy directed by Cherie Nowlan for
which Blanchett was awarded both the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the
Sydney Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Lucinda in Oscar
and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes and directed by Gillian Armstrong, a
role that earned her an AFI nomination for Best Actress.
In 1998, she portrayed
Queen Elizabeth I in the critically acclaimed Elizabeth, directed by
Shekhar Kapur, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a
Drama and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role as well as Best Actress
awards from The Chicago Film Critics Association, The London Film Critics
Association, On-line Film Critics, Variety Critics and UK Empire Award. She also
received a Best Actress nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy
of Motion Picture, Arts, & Sciences.
In 1999, Blanchett
appeared in Pushing Tin with John Cusack, directed by Mike Newell; An
Ideal Husband, directed by Oliver Parker; The Talented Mr. Ripley,
directed by Anthony Mingella for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best
Supporting Actress; The Gift, directed by Sam Raimi; and Sally Potter's
The Man Who Cried, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and for
which she was awarded "Best Supporting Actress" by the Florida Critics
For her 2001 film, Bandits,
with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Barry Levinson, Blanchett
was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Supporting Actress. The film, along with The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of
the Rings, and The Shipping News, also earned her the 2001 Best
Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review. Her 2002
performances include the title role in Gillian Armstrong's Charlotte Gray,
based on Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel; The Shipping News,
alongside Kevin Spacey and directed by Lasse Hallstrom, based on the 1994
Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Annie Proulx; and Heaven, opposite
Giovanni Ribisi and directed by Tom Tykwer, which premiered at the Berlin Film
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