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Open Up the Best Actress Oscar Race: Five Locks and Eight Must-See Performances

As usual, there are more viable men hustling after a Best Actor slot than women in contention for Best Actress. (My current predictions are here.) 'Twas ever thus, as the myopic film industry continues to chase the male demo and sequester "soft" relationship movies to the indie realm. Which means that many worthy films don't make it to the top of Academy voters' screener piles. How many film panels and Q & As have you seen with a row of men in suits and one woman in a frilly frock and impossibly high heels? Women in film are often a supporting afterthought.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2013 3:40 PM
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WATCH: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Directs Blanchett, Redford, Ejiofor and Many More in 11 Gorgeous Short Films

Here's a nifty thing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed 11 very short films for the New York Times Magazine, and the Times has a released a behind-the-scenes video of Kaminski directing the likes of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the projects. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 2:14 PM
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Cate Blanchett to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will go to Cate Blanchett on February 1 for her ace performance in Woody Allen’s "Blue Jasmine." The 29th edition of the fest runs January 30 – February 9, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 11:40 AM
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NYFF Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to Oscar

NYFF programming director Kent Jones led Cate Blanchett through the parade of her first-rate directors, and she shared gems from each of her experiences. Discussing her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," she slipped into an uncanny Martin Scorsese accent and recalled his advice to her: "Make it your own"--the "most liberating piece of direction" he gave her, she said.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 3, 2013 2:42 AM
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In the Works: Cate Blanchett to Helm 'The Dinner' as Feature Directorial Debut

Cate Blanchett is preparing to make her feature-film directorial debut with "The Dinner," an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Herman Koch. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") will pen.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 12:41 PM
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Casting Watch: Rooney Mara Replaces Mia Wasikowska in Todd Haynes' 'Carol,' Starring Cate Blanchett UPDATED

UPDATE: Rooney Mara will play one of two leads in Todd Haynes' "Carol," adapted from Patricia Highsmith's landmark lesbian novella "The Price of Salt." Cate Blanchett is set to play the title role, while Mara will play Therese Belivet, an aspiring set designer who falls for the elegant and older Carol. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the role of Therese.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2013 11:28 AM
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NYFF Honors Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes with Gala Tributes (VIDEO)

The New York Film Festival has announced that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the honorees of this year's gala tributes at the fest, which runs from September 27 through October 13. Blanchett's tribute will be held on October 2, and Fiennes' on October 9, along with a screening of his new film, "The Invisible Woman," a main slate selection in the lineup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 1:27 PM
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Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "The Immigrants," "Nebraska," "The Past") that are likely to show up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 11:59 AM
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'Wolverine' Disappoints at Box Office, 'Fruitvale Station' Makes Top Ten, and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Shines

"Wolverine," Twentieth Century Fox's well-hyped sixth entry in the "X-Men" series, performed below expectations with $21 million on Friday (including $4 million from late Thursday shows). Thus far the Top Ten total is lower than any Friday since June 4.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2013 12:38 PM
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Oscar-Bound Cate Blanchett Talks Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The Best Actress Oscar is Cate Blanchett's to lose. As she says in our flip cam interview below, many movies with strong female performances will come before the end of the year, but right now her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" towers over the rest so far, amid a summer season suffering from a lack of women's roles. You just have to keep looking, she says, citing the likes of Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep as actresses with enviable careers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2013 6:47 PM
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