Cate Blanchett has now been nominated for Oscars eight times, the eighth being her latest film Tár. But now, half a year since its debut in early September at the Venice Film Festival where she won Best Actress, she tells me she is still trying to come to grips with it — “I am still trying to unpack it all,” she says.
Blanchett, who has already won just about every award in the book for her performance including at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Critics Choice and so many critics groups it is impossible to keep track of, is nominated again for the Academy Award, an experience that has included wins for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine, as well as nominations for Carol, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, and Elizabeth.
Tár was special, an experience she describes during our conversation on this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side as one like no other she has had in her stellar career. We talk about all of that, including the extraordinary preparation she went through in order to play this enormously complex conductor and musical genius who finds her life and work torn apart in a cancel-culture moment, but as she says there is so much more to the meaning behind director Todd Field’s first film in 16 years.
In addition to our chat about all things Tár, we discuss her connection to the theatre, how her own experience running a theatre company in Australia prepared her to play this part, plus much more including how she won the role of the monkey in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio which like Tár is also going to the Oscars this year.
To watch our conversation and to get “the actor’s side” of it all from Cate Blanchett, click on the video above.
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