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CATE BLANCHETT (Lou) served as the co-artistic director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, alongside Andrew Upton from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.

This year, Blanchett served as Jury President of the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France. In 2014, Blanchett starred as Jasmine in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," for which she won her second Academy Award, for Best Actress. Her performance also earned her Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Golden Globe, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards, as well as numerous critics' group awards, all for Best Actress.

The following year, Blanchett starred alongside Rooney Mara in "Carol," directed by Todd Haynes and based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. She received Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and SAG Award nominations for her work in the film's title role. Blanchett also served as an executive producer on the project, produced in association with Dirty Films, the company she founded with Andrew Upton. Also in 2015, Blanchett appeared in "Cinderella," and starred opposite Robert Redford in "Truth," portraying Mary Mapes, whose memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and The Privilege of Power, was adapted for the film. Dirty Films also received a producing credit on "Truth."

In 2017, Blanchett was seen in "Thor: Ragnarok," the third installment of the Marvel franchise, as well as Julian Rosefeldt's "Manifesto." This year, she will star in "Where'd You Go Bernadette," the film adaptation of Maria Semple's The New York Times best-selling novel; "Mowgli"; and "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," based on John Bellairs' 1973 novel.

In 2004, Blanchett won her first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," for which she also won BAFTA and SAG Awards and received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars: for Best Actress for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and for Best Supporting Actress for "I'm Not There," making her only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Additionally, she received dual SAG and BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively, for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "I'm Not There." For the latter, she also won a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award, several critics groups' awards and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

She earned her first Oscar nomination, and won BAFTA, Golden Globe and London Film Critics Circle Awards, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth." She later received Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in "Notes on a Scandal." Additionally, Blanchett has garnered Golden Globe nominations, for Best Actress, for the title role in Joel Schumacher's "Veronica Guerin" and her work in Barry Levinson's "Bandits." She previously received another BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes."

Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy and reprised her role in Jackson's "The Hobbit" Trilogy. Her film credits include George Clooney's "The Monuments Men"; Joe Wright's "Hanna"; Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood"; David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"; Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German"; Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Babel"; and Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

Among her earlier film credits are Ron Howard's "The Missing"; Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray"; Lasse Hallstrom's "The Shipping News"; Rowan Woods' "Little Fish"; Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin"; Oliver Parker's "An Ideal Husband"; Sam Raimi's "The Gift"; Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried"; Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road"; "Thank God He Met Lizzie," for which she won the Australian Film Institute (AFI), Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda," for which she earned an AFI nomination for Best Actress.

Blanchett made her Broadway debut in early 2017 in the Sydney Theatre Company and Stuart Thompson production of "The Present," based on Andrew Shakhov's "Platonov," earning both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her performance. She first starred in the production, which was written by Andrew Upton and directed by John Crowley, when it premiered in Sydney in August 2015. Blanchett's other roles on stage include "Hedda Gabler" for which she won the Ibsen Centennial Award, Helpmann Award and the MO Award for Best Actress; Richard II in the celebrated STC production of "The War of the Roses"; Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," which traveled from Sydney to Washington and New York and for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; Yelena in Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, which toured to Washington in 2011 and New York in 2012 and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; and Lotte in Botho Strauss' "Gross und Klein," which toured extensively throughout Europe in 2012 and was part of the London Cultural Olympiad, and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. Blanchett performed opposite Isabelle Huppert in STC's production of Jean Genet's "The Maids," directed by Benedict Andrews and co-adapted by Andrew Upton and Andrews.

In 2017, Blanchett was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division for her eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organizations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes. She has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting and, in 2007, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. In 2012, she was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister for Culture, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2008, Blanchett co-chaired the creative stream of the Prime Minister of Australia's National 2020 Summit. She is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute. Blanchett is also a supporter of the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and was named the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in May 2016. She has undertaken fact-finding missions to Lebanon and Jordan to meet refugees and stateless people who have been displaced by the Syrian conflict. She is committed to raising awareness on issues of forced displacement, and, in particular, on the scourge of statelessness which affects millions people worldwide, denying them basic rights, including access to education and healthcare and the ability to work and travel.

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