Regarding the awards season, Cate Blanchett has some thoughts.
The two-time Oscar winner took up the best actress prize.
At the 28th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday for her work in Tár.
Cate Blanchett joked at the start of her address, “Gum is in my mouth right now. “This is actually the second award of the evening: Julia Roberts earlier presented me with a bottle of mouthwash,” and “I honestly did not expect to be standing here.” So, Julia, thank you. This comes in last place.”
The phrase “best actress” is “arbitrary,” Blanchett remarked, “considering how many wonderful performances” were given by women in the previous year. The other nominees were Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans), Margot Robbie (Babylon), Danielle Deadwyler (Till), and Viola Davis (The Woman King).
“My mind is blown that I am up here. The absurdity of this “53-year-old Blanchett stated in her speech while laughing. I am so old.
The actress then suggested that the entire awards season be updated: “I would adore it if we could simply alter the entire format. It looks like a patriarchal pyramid from where someone is seated. Why not just state that there were numerous performances by women that were in concert and conversation with one another?”
And quit making it all into a televised horse race, Blanchett added. “Because, I must say, every single woman that works in television, cinema, advertising, tampon ads, or any other field, is out there producing beautiful work that never ceases to motivate me. Thank you, then. I am going to tell you all this.”
In Tár, Blanchett—who on Tuesday won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama—plays a fictional Lydia Tár, an EGOT winner who is lauded as a genius and a trailblazer for women in the field. However, once allegations of sexual misbehaviour come to light, Lydia’s illustrious career takes a nosedive.
“There are no proper or improper reactions to works of art. It is not a movie about conducting, and I believe the character’s circumstances are entirely made up “She went on. “I examined numerous conductors, as well as writers of fiction, graphic artists, and musicians of all genres. The movie is not at all literal.”
If a man were at the heart of the story, she continued, “I do not think you could have talked about the corrupting aspect of power in as nuanced a way as [writer/director] Todd Field has done as a filmmaker because we understand so absolutely what it looks like.” “No matter a person’s gender, I believe that power corrupts. We are all affected, in my opinion.”
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