Cate Blanchett: Before She Became the Oscars 2014 Best Actress Winner

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 4 years ago
Cate Blanchett: Before She Became the Oscars 2014 Best Actress Winner
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With the entire Oscars 2014 buzz going around, will Cate Blanchett take home the trophy? With 30 experts of GoldDerby.com predicting her as Best Actress for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” she surely makes a good actress among her contemporaries in the industry. And, the predictions turned out to be true because Blanchett brought home the bacon during the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. But what makes Cate Blanchett successful as an actress? Setting aside the glitz and glamour of Hollywood—perks, high-end brands, fame—everything that goes with being a celebrity—where did it all begin? How did Blanchett come to be who she is now? Read on and find out more about Cate Blanchett before she became the Oscars 2014 Best Actress winner, only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).

She is most notably known for her roles in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as Lady Galadriel, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as Daisy Fuller and “The Aviator” as Katharine Hepburn. Catherine Elise Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia. She was born to an American father and an Australian mother. She is married to playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. To date, they have three sons: Dashiell John (12), Roman Robert (9)and Ignatius Martin (5).

According to biography.com, Blanchett started as a theatre actress after graduating at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1992 in Australia. She was part of the plays “Top Girls” and “Kafka Dances,” both from Sydney Theater Company productions. In 1993, she won the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Newcomer Award.

In an interview with The Guardian, Blanchett shared that she does not know if she really wanted to be an actress. She explained that the thought of waiting for the phone to ring was not something that she was  happy about.

“I’m an active person . . . But I kept doing it, trying not to do it, and then doing it. There’s such a blessed unrest that you feel all the time, but maybe that’s what keeps you going,” said Blanchett to The Guardian.

Fast forward to Hollywood and making it big in the movie industry. Blanchett already earned her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to IMDb, Blanchett has won 96 awards and has been nominated for 74 times. How awesome is that? Listed below are her awards from major award-giving bodies.

Golden Globes:      

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (“Blue Jasmine”) 2014
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (“I’m Not There”) 2008
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama 1999

Academy Awards/Oscars:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (“The Aviator”) – Oscars 2005
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (“Blue Jasmine”) – Oscars 2014

BAFTA:    

  • Best Leading Actress (“Blue Jasmine”) 2014
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (“The Aviator”) 2005
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (“Elizabeth”) 1998

 

Furthermore, the actress relates to The Guardian how she can be a pessimist.

“You know that when you win an Oscar and you walk offstage and your first thought is: ‘Oh God, I’ve peaked,’” said Blanchett in The Guardian report.

In the recently held Independent Spirit Awards on Mar.1, 2014, Blanchett was awarded as Best Female Lead for her role in “Blue Jasmine.” One may think that Blanchett, winning for a lead role just a day before the Academy Awards, is a premonition for the Oscars 2014, as she is nominated as Best Actress.

That was how Cate Blanchett was before she became the Oscars 2014 Best Actress winner. Find out more about  Blanchett’s Oscars 2014 win and the other winners of the 86th Academy Awards at the Oscars’ official Web site at http://oscar.go.com/. You can also check out Movie News Guide (MNG) for more Oscars 2014 updates.

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