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Cate Blanchett Biography

Birth Name:
Catherine Elise Blanchett
Birth Place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Went into acting after a trip to Egypt, where she was spotted and asked to be an extra in a boxing film
  • Firstborn son, Dashiell, was named after crime novelist Dashiell Hammett
  • Fainted while being fitted for a prosthetic belly to play a pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and learned a few weeks later that she was pregnant with her second son
  • Brought one of Katharine Hepburn's white-silk evening gloves to the 77th annual Academy Awards ceremony for good luck--it paid off with a win for her role as Hepburn in The Aviator
  • Was the fifth performer (and first female) to be nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same role in two separate movies: Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  • Played Blanche DuBois, opposite Joel Edgerton's Stanley Kowalski, in the 2009 Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which was directed by Liv Ullmann
  • Is an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2020Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2016IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actress: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: winner
  • 2014Irish Film & Television Awards-Best International Actress: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2013New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2013L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actress: winner
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2007New York Film Critics Online-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2007Venice Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 2007Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2007National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Utah Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2007Las Vegas Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2007Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2007Ohio Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Oklahoma Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actress: winner
  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2004Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2004National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2004Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2001National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1999Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1999BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1998Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 1998Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 1998Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1997Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner

Relationships

  • Bob Blanchett -- Brother
  • Edith Vivian Patricia Upton -- Daughter
  • Robert Blanchett -- Father
  • June Blanchett -- Mother
  • Genevieve Blanchett -- Sister
  • Dashiell John Upton -- Son
  • Ignatius Martin Upton -- Son
  • Roman Robert Upton -- Son