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 about Charles Dickens, "The Invisible Woman," a main slate selection in the lineup.
The Gala tributes celebrate the work of artists who have made a significant impact on film culture, and will continue to do so. The Film Society of Lincoln Center mounts its annual Chaplin Tribute every April, but the NYFF began adding tributes in 2011, with filmmakers Pedro Almodovar and David Cronenberg, and then last year feted its first actress, Nicole Kidman, as well as outgoing NYFF director Richard Pena.
Of Blanchett, who we think is the current Oscar front-runner for Best Actress ("Blue Jasmine"), Film Society executive director Rose Kuo stated:
"In the year that many critics are hailing her most recent - and perhaps greatest – performance (in BLUE JASMINE), the Film Society is delighted to celebrate the career of Cate Blanchett. Since her breakthrough in OSCAR AND LUCINDA in 1997, Ms. Blanchett has consistently mesmerized audiences with some of the boldest screen performances of the past twenty years, with roles as diverse as Queen Elizabeth I and Bob Dylan.”
And of Fiennes:
“In just his third screen role, Ralph Fiennes's performance as the monstrous Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's SCHINDLER'S LIST terrified audiences with its personification of evil. Since then, Mr. Fiennes has brilliantly embodied the larger-than-life creations of writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Graham Greene, among others, and given us an extraordinary body of work to celebrate. The Film Society is excited to honor him at this year’s New York Film Festival not only as an actor, but as the director of THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, truly one of the noteworthy films of the year."
Check out the full lineup of the fest, which includes the world premiere of Spike Jonze's "Her," Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," here.
Blanchett and Fiennes actually co-starred in Gillian Armstrong's underappreciated "Oscar and Lucinda," which Fox Searchlight released to little fanfare in 1997. Trailer on the jump.