HUNTERS Hill’s best known resident, actress and theatre director Catherine “Cate” Blanchett has been honoured with an AC in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
Arguably best known for her Academy Award acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth the First, Cate’s latest honour has Queen Elizabeth II recognise her “eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes.”
Blanchett has previously been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government.
She was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012 and has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community.
In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry
Born in 1969. Blanchett has previously won six AACTA Awards, two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards.
The Hunters Hill celebrity rose to fame for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur’s 1998 film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.
Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film The Aviator won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor.
In 2013, she starred as Jasmine Francis in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, for which she won numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cate is one of only six actors, and the only actress, to receive Academy Award nominations for portraying the same role in two films, accomplished in her case by portraying Queen Elizabeth I.
She the only Australian to win two acting Oscars.
A seven-time Oscar nominee, was also nominated for Notes on a Scandal (2006), Elizabeth (2007), I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (2015).
Her extensive career on stage as seen her become a four-time Helpmann Award winner for Best Female Actor in a Play.
As a young actress her earlier roles include the title role in Electra at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (1992), Ophelia in Hamlet at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney (1994), Susan in Plenty in the West End (1999), and the title role in Hedda Gabler with the Sydney Theatre Company (2004).
From 2008 to 2013, she and her husband Andrew Upton were co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company and she has also achieved a local celebrity status as a Hunters Hill Public School parent.
Her citation from the Governor General’s Office notes her role as Ambassador, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts/Australian Film Institute, current. Head of Jury, Dubai International Film Festival, 2012 and 2013. Global Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, since 2016.
It also notes her Honorary Life Member, Australian Conservation Foundation, since 2012; Ambassador, since 2007; Member, since 2006. Patron, SolarAid ( 2006-2009) and as a current Patron of the Sydney Film Festival.
Always controversial – she spoke at Gough Whitlam’s State Funeral – Blanchett is perhaps best known for her insights into acting and film making.
“People talk about the golden age of Hollywood because of how women were lit then,” she said.
“You could be Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and work well into your 50s, because you were lit and made into a goddess.
“Now, with everything being sort of gritty, women have this sense of their use-by date.”
This Queens Birthday honour recognises a truly timeless actress who has already achieved film and stage immortality.
Cate Blanchett AM