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A graduate of Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), CATE BLANCHETT won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award, among other honors, for her portrayal of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.

She has also been Academy Award-nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, for which she won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal; and for Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, winning an Independent Spirit Award and a second Golden Globe Award for her performance as Bob Dylan.

Ms. Blanchett's other films include Peter Jackson's epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which she shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her fellow actors; Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Cherie Nowlan's Thank God He Met Lizzie, for which she won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award and a Sydney Film Critics Circle Award; Rowan Woods' Little Fish, for which she won a second AFI Award; Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road; Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda and Charlotte Gray; Mike Newell's Pushing Tin; Oliver Parker's An Ideal Husband; Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley; Sam Raimi's The Gift; Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried; Barry Levinson's Bandits; Lasse Hallström's The Shipping News; Tom Tykwer's Heaven; Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin; Ron Howard's The Missing; Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel; Steven Soderbergh's The Good German; Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Ridley Scott's Robin Hood; and Peter Jackson's upcoming and globally anticipated two-feature The Hobbit, in which she will reprise her role of Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings.

Ms. Blanchett began her career in the theatre with Company B, a loose ensemble of actors that also included Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones, and Richard Roxburgh. Her roles with Company B have included Miranda in The Tempest; Ophelia in Hamlet, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award; Nina in The Seagull; and Rose in The Blind Giant is Dancing. Her other notable stage work has included starring at London's Almeida Theatre in 1999, playing Susan Traherne in David Hare's Plenty.

For the Sydney Theater Company (STC), she has appeared in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls; David Mamet's Oleanna, for which she received the Sydney Theater Critics Award for Best Actress; Michael Gow's Sweet Phoebe, which she also starred in at Croydon's Warehouse Theatre in London; Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances, also for the Griffin Theatre Company and for which she received the Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer; and Andrew Upton's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, which earned her the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. She also performed Hedda Gabler at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2006, Ms. Blanchett and Mr. Upton were named Co-Artistic Directors of the STC. She portrayed Blanche DuBois in the STC production of Tenneesse Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann. The revival was first staged in Sydney before playing to sold-out audiences in the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and, again, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ms. Blanchett most recently performed in the STC production of Uncle Vanya, where she starred alongside Jacki Weaver.

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