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CATE BLANCHETT (Valka) served as the co-artistic director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), 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. In 2014, Blanchett starred as Jasmine in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, for which she won Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Her portrayal of Jasmine also earned her the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Golden Globe Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, and numerous critics' group awards. In 2018, Blanchett served as jury president of the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France. Her jury included Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guediguian, Khadja Nin, Lea Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

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

In 2017, Blanchett was seen in Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel franchise, as well as Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto. In 2018, she starred in Ocean's Eight, the first all-female installment in the Ocean's franchise and The House with a Clock in Its Walls. She will next star in Where'd You Go, Bernadette, the film adaptation of Maria Semple's The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, and Netflix's Mowgli.

In 2004, Blanchett won an 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 received BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards and a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and 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 for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I'm Not There, respectively. For the latter, she also won a Golden Globe Award, a Film 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 her first BAFTA, Golden Globe and London Film Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth. She also received Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in Notes on a Scandal. Additionally, Blanchett has earned Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress for the title role in Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin and for her work in Barry Levinson's Bandits; and earlier, she earned another BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and reprised her role in The Hobbit trilogy. Additional 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 Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel; and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Among her other film credits are Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, for which she earned a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination; 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 both the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress; and Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda, for which she also earned an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Blanchett made her Broadway debut last year in the Sydney Theatre Company and Stuart Thompson production of The Present, based on Anton Chekhov's Platonov. Blanchett first starred in the production, which was written by Andrew Upton and directed by John Crowley, when it premiered in Sydney in August 2015. In 2019, she will star in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre in London. Blanchett's previous roles on stage include the titular role in 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 to much acclaim from Sydney to Washington, D.C. and New York (her performance was considered the "performance of the year" by The New York Times) and for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress, Non-Resident Production. She starred as Yelena in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a new adaptation by Upton, that toured to Washington, D.C. in 2011 and New York in 2012 to great critical acclaim and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress, Non-Resident Production. She also starred as Lotte in Botho Strauss' Gross und Klein, which toured extensively throughout Europe, in 2012, was part of the London Cultural Olympiad and for which she received her third 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 Upton and Andrews, for which Blanchett was honored with her fourth Helpmann Award.

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. Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting, and, in 2007, she 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 of 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 a supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (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. Blanchett is committed to raising awareness on issues of forced displacement, and, in particular, on the scourge of statelessness that affects millions of people worldwide, denying them basic rights including access to education and healthcare, and the ability to work and travel.

Blanchett resides in London with her husband and their four children.


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