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In a career that already seen five Oscar nominations and one win for a body of work that includes remarkable performances as Queen Elizabeth
, Bob Dylan
and Katherine Hepburn
, no less, Cate Blanchett
somehow topped herself this year.
As the title character in Woody Allen
’s “Blue Jasmine
,” Blanchett plays a woman whose wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin
) has lost all their money, forcing her to abandon their upper class Manhattan life to live with her working class sister (Sally Hawkins
) in San Francisco. Even at this point, Jasmine is somewhere past the verge of a nervous breakdown, and Blanchett manages her character’s subsequent further spiraling with a tour-de-force authenticity that blew away audiences and critics alike.
Leading into the Oscars, Blanchett has already won a slew of kudos for “Blue Jasmine
,” including a Golden Globe, honors from the New York and Los Angeles critics groups and nominations from SAG,