This was not her first role, but certainly the one that got her noticed among most film fans that year. This was her first starring role and already she gets an Oscar nomination. Gotta give some respect to that. Her portrayal of the iconic queen during her younger years was something I have never seen before.It showed how emotionally tough it was for her to do the best for her country while being hated by everyone who works for her. I'm not good with politics, but I'm pretty sure this is how Barack Obama feels with his staff right now. It's a really good performance that she followed up in 2007 with "Elizabeth:The Golden Age". I never saw that, so I'm moving on to the next feature.
The Gift. 2000
Directed by Sam Raimi. This one went on to be called "That movie where you see Katie Holmes tits". Just to be clear, those tits you see are dead ones, and are not erotic in any sense. The movie stars Cate Blanchett as a psychic who is investigating the disappearance of a missing girl. There is a lot of really good supporting characters in this one including Keanu Reeves as the abusive husband to Hillary Swank's character. Yeah the mystery itself wasn't that difficult to solve, but this was still a solid movie. Plus it showed that Miss Blanchett could lead in a studio picture.
Lord of The Rings Trilogy. 2001, 2002, 2003
Her role in this is very small, but she does play a key part in Frodo's quest to return the ring back to Mordoor. Plus she does look nice in those elf ears.
Miss Blanchett appears by her self in two very different roles in the short "Cousins" from Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes". It's about the meeting between a successful actress named Cate(no relation) and her slacker cousin Shelly. I watch this one just to remind myself at how brilliant she is at her craft. This girl doesn't need any one else to make a scene interesting or good. Hell I would watch an entire movie that had Cate Blanchett playing every role in it. If you would like to see part of this scene. Click on the name of the highlighted title.
The Aviator. 2004
The role she ends up winning the Oscar is the one where she plays another Oscar winner. Miss Blanchett's performance of Katherine Hepburn is not just an impersonation, but an actualization. I have only seen a few of Miss Hepburn's earlier films, and the way Miss Blanchett can achieve the same voice and mannerisms is really quite astounding. I'm very curious to see her play other famous celebrities now.
I'm Not There. 2007
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 2008
Reteaming with Brad Pitt after the grueling "Babel"(not grueling like in a bad movie, but one where I felt. emotionally drained afterwards). She stars in this off kiltered fable about a man who ages backwards. Director David Fincher presents a story that shows it doesn't matter which way your life is headed. As long as you enjoy as much of it as you can. I'll admit that does sound kind of hokey, but I don't care. I was completely charmed by this movie. Even though this story focuses more on Benjamin(Brad Pitt). It's Daisy(Cate Blanchett) who best represents the audience. We get to witness a lot of what this man discovers through her eyes.