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October 16, 2003

Cate's Fate on a Plate

It's my personal opinion that this is going to be a big year for Cate Blanchett. I am very excited to get down to the cinema tomorrow and check out her portrayal of Veronica Guerin, someone who's story I respect as that of a truly courageous person. I was so excited to: a. see a preview of the film, and b. learn that my girl Cate would be playing this crazy Irish woman.

Besides "Veronica Guerin," Cate has a couple other films on the horizon which include a vignette movie with Roberto Benigni and Steve Buscemi called "Coffee and Cigarettes," as well as a movie called "The Missing" with Tommy Lee Jones. Lest we forget, of course, she will also make an appearance as that semi-frightening Super Elf in the third installment of "The Lord of the Rings."

I think Cate Blanchett needs an Oscar. She was overlooked for her ridiculously good performance in "Elizabeth," and I think her time is fast approaching. I think she is so talented that I can even forgive the fact that she spells her name with a C. ... Blech!


Ashley: "What accent *can't* that woman do perfectly?"

Word, Ash. Word.

Posted by kati at October 16, 2003 12:21 PM


I like the C-spelling. Maybe it's because I have known and liked several women named Catherine. I'm not worried about her Oscar potential - she'll get one. Although I think she would have won one by now if she were male. (Ehem, Russell Crow..ehem)

Posted by: robyn at October 16, 2003 03:02 PM

Unneccessary sexism accusation. (Ehem, Sean Penn... ehem)

Posted by: djsmall at October 16, 2003 04:25 PM

heaven too! she was good in heaven. with the giovanni. mmmmmm i like her.

Posted by: michele at October 16, 2003 04:54 PM

My favorite Cate role was Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. Sure, it's not Oscar material, like playing an assassinated, brave journalist, but everyone likes a little good Oscar Wilde every now and then :)

Posted by: kristina at October 16, 2003 08:59 PM

My question is, who's next in line for the Pity Oscar? Al Pacino got his for "Scent of a Woman", Rom Howard finally got one for "Beautiful Mind", etc. My guess is Tom Cruise, for a role in which he smirks a lot and acts like he's about to smile a lot. Failing that, look for him in "The Last Samurai", the Japanese "Dances With Wolves".

Posted by: sean at October 16, 2003 09:29 PM

"The Last Samurai" is such a joke.

And the sexism thing is totally valid. Sean Penn is an exception because he doesn't play the oscar game . If he ever won anything he would a) not be present or b) do some political thing where he sends a fake indian in his place or the like, a la Marlon Brando.

It is totally ridiculous that Russell Crowe has an Oscar and she doesn't, since they both started getting good roles in films around the same time, and they're both Australian, yet she can do accents well and actually play a variety of characters, whereas he just dates Meg Ryan and boom - instant notoriety.

Posted by: robyn at October 17, 2003 12:42 AM

I don't understand, really. Cate Blanchett has only been nominated once, for "Elizabeth", and that was a bad movie (I think), so the fact that she was nominated at all was in itself quite an honor (especially as she was an unknown at the time). However, besides her role in that film, what has she done that actually warrants an Oscar? She is a great actress, no doubt, and one of the few mesmerizers on screen today, but she hasn't yet had one stand-out role--though I haven't seen "Heaven". Maybe this Veronica Guerin movie will do it for her, but the reviews (in Europe at least) haven't been good. Alright, I just remembered her supporting role in "Bandits". That deserved a nomination for her introductory lip-synching of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", if for nothing else. That year Jennifer Connelly won for "A Beautiful Mind". I wouldn't have given the award to Connelly, but it isn't totally undeserved. Anyway, your Sean Penn counter-argument doesn't make sense. He's still a man, still in the top five best actors in Hollywood, and has a hard time scoring nominations, let alone winning anything.

Posted by: djsmall at October 17, 2003 04:34 AM

I do agree with you, however, on the C-spelling. That is the originally English spelling of Catherine, so how could it be blech?

Posted by: djsmall at October 17, 2003 04:35 AM

It's blech because I don't like it, that's why. It's not because it's correct or incorrect, or the original English or French or Japanese spelling of the word. Subjectively, I think the C-spelling sucks.

Also, I thought "Elizabeth" was pretty stand-out for her. She was nominated at least, but I can't remember who won that year.

Posted by: kati at October 17, 2003 01:27 PM

My Sean Penn counter-arguement was just a joke, but I also seriously don't think he's done anything that has warranted an Oscar, except maybe Sweet and Lowdown, but that year at the Oscars there were so many other great nominees that he was rather low on the list. Dead Man Walking just didn't do it for me, The Pledge was a traumatizing and completely random directorial effort, never saw I am Sam...
I dunno, I think he's great, but it makes sense to me that he hasn't won yet.
He'll probably win something for Mystic River.

Also, Cate Blanchett has had a lot of good supporting roles that I would have liked to see her nominated for, like "An Ideal Husband", "Pushing Tin", "The Talented Mr. Ripley" - any of those would do.

Posted by: robyn at October 17, 2003 01:43 PM

she was really amazing in heaven. you should see it, danny, it's a fantastic film. but fuck the oscar, they should give her something significant. like an obscene salary. oh, wait...

Posted by: didofoot at October 17, 2003 02:14 PM

Will do when I return to Athens.

Posted by: djsmall at October 17, 2003 02:51 PM

Saw Veronica Guerin - liked it a lot. More than the film, I just find that story particularly fascinating. The movie did a good job of clearly expressing her impact in Ireland. And the cast was very strong, I thought.

And I guess I really don't believe that an Oscar is necessarily the mark of a good actor. I am so over that pity-oscar thing they're doing. Give it to someone the year after they *maybe* actually deserved it. Examples: Russel Crowe (Gladiator, not The Insider), Denzel (Training Day, not The Hurricane).

I guess I'd just prefer to see the people win who's work I thought merited that much public adulation. Maybe I'm just an idealist.

Posted by: kati at October 17, 2003 07:54 PM

Just a quick comment ,i love the C-spelling , much nicer than the much over used Kate , besides her full name is Catherine Elise Blanchett , so its logic that it would be Cate , rather than Kate

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