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  • Miss Frost
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    Probably one of the most underrated actresses of today’s age, and one of my all time favorites. Someone who deserves high praise for her excellent catalog and astonishing performances.

    Was just watching The Aviator, Bandits,  and Notes on a Scandal the last week, and I can’t believe the talents she has. It was like watching three different actresses. All of her performances have a wide range.

    Even as a big Streep fan, I think I am inclined to say Cate is a more capable actress than Meryl. She definitely should have more than one Oscar right now, hopefully she gets better lead roles.

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    vlaxym
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    Great actress, but a bit overprised actually IMO. She was terrible in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m not there, but very good in The Aviator, Elisabeth and Notes on a Scandal. I like her more in lesser known performances like Bandits, Little Fish or Veronica Guerrin, but wouldn’t give her Oscar in any year honestly.

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    She was terrific in that film vlaxym…the movie sucked, her performance was great. She should have won more Oscars than one. 

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    Miss Frost
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    Really, overpraised? How so? I think actresses who are heavily overpraised would be ones like Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, and of course Meryl Streep.

    She was pretty exceptional in both Elizabeth, but it wasn’t her fault that the 2nd film was pretty mediocre. Though I don’t think she was worthy of the nomination than. She should’ve gotten a nomination in actress the next year for Benjamin Button.

    And I didn’t know what I’m Not There is about at all, the concept and inner core. It just seemed like her performance was more of a gimmick, and nothing else. I think if the film was more of a biopic of Dylan’s life, she could have gotten a good lead role out of that.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    Miss Blanchett is a great actress, although I wouldn’t call her “better” than Meryl Streep, but definitely up there in the Top Ten of today’s working film actresses.

    She does, however, have a knack for choosing better, or perhaps more interesting, films than many of her contemporaries, including Miss Streep.  She is particularly adept at playing flawed or villainous characters, as in LITTLE FISH or HANNA.

    That final scene in ELIZABETH as the queen assumes the painted, bewigged stony countenance that her “subjects” demand is chilling to the bone.

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    Not that this is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, and for all of us this is opinon, not fact, but as good as Streep is, I think Blanchett is a superior actress to her. If I were to choose between seeing only the films of one of them in the future, it would be a no-brainer choice, both in terms of quality of movie and the individual performance, at least based on a head to head comparison since Blanchett came on the scene.

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    Blachett has given a few great performances, but she’s a lil’ too clinical to ever become a favorite of mine. I appreciate her technical abilities.

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    Logan
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    Not totally supportive of all these “The ___ Thread” since we’ll get flooded with a bunch soon – “The LINDSAY LOHAN Thread. The CHANNING TATUM Thread. The MARION COTILLARD Thread.”

    Re: Cate Blanchett

    If I was making a list of my favorite actors working today, she would be in my top group (something around 15 actors making it).

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    Scottferguson
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    I agree about the influx of threads, mainly not because of now (a down time without much going on) but in fear that it doesn’t disappear when the awards season heats up again next fall.

    As most people have likely noticed, there are fewer topics on the front page at this site than at the Envelope, and of course once something disappears from the front page (or even the top half of the page), it tends not to get attention.  

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    Miss Frost
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    Yeah there isn’t much going on now that its Post Awards season untill Fall.

    SF didn’t you say you met Blanchett before?

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    Scottferguson
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    I had a nice conversation with her at a NYFF party in 1998. I’d seen the film at Toronto, it wasn’t playing at NY and hadn’t opened yet, so she was new to the “star” thing. She was quite friendly and intelligent. Stars (or stars to be) tend to be fairly approachable at this sort of event once they figure out you’re not an idiot and are able to connect with them one on one rather than as a “fan”, but my recollection is that she was much more aware of other films in the festival world than a lot of people in her position. My recollection was that the party was for Todd Solondz’ Happiness, a fairly controversial film. Not a lot of people recognized her (both because she was new and she of course looked a bit different from her Elizabeth appearance) and she seemed happy to have someone to talk to for a while.

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    Malick
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    I can totally under why someone would say Blanchett is better then Streep. Although i would disagree with the statement. She’s probaly 4th for working actresses behind Streep,Dench,Redgrave. Some of her stand out performances IMO would be,The Gift, Elizabeth: The Golden Age (both flicks are poor but she elevates them), Elizabeth, Notes On a Scandal, Aviator (yea i know im naming mostly all of her nominated work).

    While this isn’t her best turn, her performance in “The Missing” is probably my personal favourite aside from NOAS. She just drew me in and embodied that character so well. I went into the movie expecting for her foot to be off the gas because this wasn’t going to be some epic piece of cinema or be a blockbuster or even be an awards contender but still she ended up kind of wowing me. Shes an incredible talent.

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    Logan
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    For me, she’s been at her best in Elizabeth, The Gift, Little Fish, Notes on a Scandal, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. On the minus, I do not like her performances in The Aviator or I’m Not There.

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    I’d add Veronica Guerin, but most of all Little Fish, for me her greatest achievement.

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    allabout oscars
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    I rate Cate Blanchett 3rd behind Streep and Redgrave..
    I think she is exceptional and shouldnt waste her talents on Hobbit films.
    She stole Benjamin Button from Pitt and was not recognized..
    I love her in NOTES ON A SCANDAL. ELIZABETH, LITTLE FISH and OSCAR AND LUCINDA AND BABEL.

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