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Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Among Women in Film's Five Crystal and Lucy Award Winners

LA non-profit Women in Film, an organization committed to galvanizing support and visibility for women in the entertainment industry, has unveiled the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards winners. Honors will be given at a benefit gala on June 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 2:05 PM
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Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 4, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscar Loves a Woman on the Edge: Eight Iconic Best Actress Snubs (CLIPS)

Why does cinema favor the mad woman? It's easy to see why Oscar does: roles like Jasmine French give an actress space to not only chew but swallow and spit up scene after scene. Cate Blanchett will almost certainly win Best Actress this year for her frittered, diabolical performance in "Blue Jasmine" as cinema's archetypical woman-on-the-verge: that pill-popping, martini-swilling mad Medea who men fear and women sometimes dream of (being? playing? escaping into?).
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 25, 2014 1:40 PM
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It Was a Good Weekend for Artful Cate Blanchett (BAFTA Acceptance Speech and '60 Minutes' VIDEO)

It was a good weekend for Cate Blanchett after a turbulent few weeks. The Australian actress, 44, won the BAFTA Best Actress award and made a strong appearance on "60 Minutes." Now, no one is going to take the Best Actress Oscar away from her. But that was not a foregone conclusion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2014 1:10 PM
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Watch: BAFTA Acceptance Speeches by Blanchett, Ejiofor, McQueen, Cuaron, Abdi, Mirren and More

We've rounded up a number of the rousing BAFTA acceptance speech videos, including Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Helen Mirren, Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron and Barkhad Abdi. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 17, 2014 11:56 AM
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Woody Allen Strikes Back: "Of Course I Did Not Molest Dylan"; Dylan Farrow Responds UPDATE

"TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2014 8:09 PM
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Review: George Clooney's World War II Adventure 'The Monuments Men' Never Achieves Liftoff

George Clooney' true-life World War II adventure "The Monuments Men" never achieves liftoff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 6:17 PM
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Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

"Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett told the audience last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 6, 2014 1:51 PM
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Screen Actors Guild Awards Go to 'American Hustle,' McConaughey & Leto and More (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

As Oscar watchers predict what will win on March 2, the Screen Actors Guild Award does have an impact on winning momentum, throwing clips and acceptance speeches in front of the voters. Lupita Nuong'o wins the first of the SAG awards for supporting actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 10:22 PM
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Golden Globes Offer the Expected and Unexpected: Who Gets a Boost Heading for Oscars?

The Golden Globes -- voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- do not reflect the direction of the Oscar race. But they can give valuable momentum for the winners who get nominated this Thursday. The full list of winners, and analysis, is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2014 11:23 PM
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