Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday 17 October. The award will take place on the same night as the UK premiere of Truth, starring Blanchett and Robert Redford. Based on the book Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes, Truth tells the story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and producer of Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes as she seeks to expose a story on the then President George W. Bush.
“Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles,” commented BFI chairman Greg Dyke. “We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF awards.”
The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television Blanchett is having a banner year, with Todd Haynes’ Carol, also starring Rooney Mara, receiving ecstatic critical praise upon its world premiere in Cannes this year. Carol also screens at this year’s London Film Festival.
Each year at the LFF Awards Ceremony a BFI Fellowship is bestowed on a film luminary. Previous BFI Fellowships include Stephen Frears, the late Sir Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter in 2012 and Ralph Fiennes. Al Pacino and Mel Brooks have also been awarded BFI Fellowships.
Cate Blanchett’s peerless filmography includes Elizabeth, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Blue Jasmine as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. She has won two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three British Academy Awards. She was also the Co-CEO and Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company from 2008-2013.