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CATE BLANCHETT, who plays Irina Spalko, was nominated for two Oscars® this year, as Best Actress for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and as Best Supporting Actress for "I'm Not There,” making her only the fifth performer in the Academy's 80-year history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Additionally, for "The Golden Age” she received SAG and BAFTA nominations. For "I'm Not There” she also received SAG and BAFTA nominations and won an acting award at the Venice Film Festival, the Golden Globe as supporting actress and an Independent Spirit Award for her work.

Blanchett previously won an Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actress for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator.” She was also honored with BAFTA and SAG Awards and a Golden Globe nomination for the role. In 1999, Blanchett earned her first Oscar® nomination and first BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of another famous figure, Queen Elizabeth I, in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth.” She subsequently received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her performance in "Notes on a Scandal,” opposite Dame Judi Dench.

Blanchett most recently starred in the films "The Good German,” directed by Steven Soderbergh, opposite George Clooney and Tobey Maguire; and "Babel,” opposite Brad Pitt. She will next be seen in David Fincher's drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” again opposite Pitt.

Blanchett has also earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for the title role in Joel Schumacher's "Veronica Guerin” and her work in Barry Levinson's "Bandits.” Among her other film credits are "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”; Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes,” for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ron Howard's "The Missing,” opposite Tommy Lee Jones; "Charlotte Gray,” directed by Gillian Armstrong; Lasse Hallstrom's "The Shipping News” with Kevin Spacey; Rowan Woods' "Little Fish” with Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving; Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin” with John Cusack; Oliver Parker's "An Ideal Husband”; Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley,” for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress; Sam Raimi's "The Gift”; and Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried,” for which she was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review.

A graduate of Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Blanchett includes among her earlier film credits Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road”; "Thank God He Met Lizzie,” for which she won both the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda” opposite Ralph Fiennes, for which she also earned an AFI nomination for Best Actress.

Blanchett's extensive theater work includes productions with Company B, an ensemble including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Richard Roxburgh, based at Belvoir St., under the direction of Neil Armfield. Her roles included Miranda in "The Tempest,” Ophelia in "Hamlet,” for which she earned a Green Room Award nomination, Nina in "The Seagull” and Rose in "The Blind Giant is Dancing.” For the Sydney Theatre Company, she appeared in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls,” David Mamet's "Oleanna” (winning the Sydney Theater Critics Award for Best Actress), Michael Gow's "Sweet Phoebe” and Timothy Daly's "Kafka Dances,” for which she received the Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer. For the Almeida Theatre in 1999, Blanchett played Susan Traheren in David Hare's "Plenty” in London's West End.

In 2004, Blanchett returned to the Sydney Theatre Company for the title role in Andrew Upton's adaptation of "Hedda Gabler.” The play was a critical success, earning her t


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