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Blue Jasmine which to me is the greatest female performance of the 2010s.....to me she gave the best female performance of the 2020s that I've seen with Mrs. America which just lost the Emmy to awards horse Regina King who with all due respect can right GTFO.
I have no problem ranking her as the world's 3rd best actress behind Huppert and Streep who are my all-time 1 & 2 and Blanchett is in that exalted company ....and her upcoming slate appears dazzling too. She finished 6th on our GOAT poll - run heroically by Johnny_Hellzapoppin which is actually a pretty great job of voting MAR
Hmmm....looking at that list of performances, I realise how much of her film work I don't particularly care for. Or have no strong feelings about either way. A technically skilled performer who actually peaked early with Elizabeth, probably her best performance (definitely one of her least self-aware performances). She did work I really liked in the late 90's like The Talented Mr Ripley and An Ideal Husband and for a few years I thought she might become the finest actress of her generation, but her work on film gradually began to become more laboured and unsubtle . She certainly has a commanding screen presence. And one can respect the technical ability behind her various dialects or whatever, but I have to agree with futuretrunks (to a degree at least) that her work often falls into "souless" territory. The rot for Blanchett started setting in after she unfortunately won an Oscar for a souless impersonation as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, which may have encouraged her to keep going down that direction.
She's also run out of ideas, which was personified in her recent TV performance Mrs America, which supporters tried to sell as some sort of revelation, but amounted to little more than a reheated, mannered rehash of some of her more well known film performances. Easy to see how Regina King in Watchmen beat her easily everywhere and then for the Emmy. Blanchett's performance wasn't good enough or intersting enough to get her a win on reputation alone, once the initial buzz of a two-time Oscar winner blesssing TV with her presence was gone.
Still a fine actress. Probably the second best Australian actress of her generation (after the now far superior Nicole Kidman, who keeps increasing the gap between them significantly), especially when you account for stage work (a medium her style probably suits better than film). Though after the relative disappointment of Mrs America and her other recent work, she is in real danger of falling to third in my "best Australian actresses of their generation" ranking behind Toni Collette. But somewhere along the way she believed her own hype, and become an actress who telegraphed her work, and whom I find less and less interesting as the years go by. Shame, as she is a major talent. Hope as she ages, she can make me a believer again.
Hmmm....the more I think about it, Tilda Swinton is really the actress I thought/hoped Blanchett would end up being. Swinton may not have Blanchett's awards portfolio (One Oscar nomination, which she won, is frankly criminal considering her body of film work), but she has so much more soul and humanity in her work to go with her technical ability, compared to Blanchett. They share some similarities in castability (I'm sure they have been up for many of the same parts), but Swinton is a much better screen actress.
Not my vote, but shout-out to her underrated performance in Notes on a Scandal! For me, she outperforms Dench in how she is so human and so villainous at once.
There's a scene in that film I've often talked about - it's the scene where Blanchett listens to Siouxsie with her young "friend" one - that is so tremendously acted it almost literally takes your breath away and breaks your heart at the same time:
She's excited at the prospect of rediscovering herself through the "child" who is there with her - but it's a "herself" and a freedom that can never exist now since she herself has a child - time or at least THAT time has left her behind.
It's a very complex scene - it's written on the page to a degree but a lesser actress wouldn't dig out how to get the most of that scene and text like she does......... the double-edged sword of how to play it - tremendous sadness and hope, regret and emptiness ......it's an all-time favorite actress scene of mine.