The Film Society of the Lincoln Centre is honoring Australian actor Cate Blanchett at a special gala tribute during the New York Film Festival.
Held tonight, October 2nd, the gala will honor Blanchett for her significant artistic contributions to film culture. Blanchett, an Academy Award winner for "The Aviator," joins past honorees Pedro Almodóvar, David Cronenberg, fellow Oscar winning Aussie Nicole Kidman, and Richard Peña.
FSLC’s Executive Director, Rose Kuo said in a statement, "In the year that many critics are hailing her most recent - and perhaps greatest – performance (in BLUE JASMINE), the Film Society is delighted to celebrate the career of Cate Blanchett. Since her breakthrough in OSCAR AND LUCINDA in 1997, Ms. Blanchett has consistently mesmerized audiences with some of the boldest screen performances of the past twenty years, with roles as diverse as Queen Elizabeth I and Bob Dylan.”
2013 has been a great year for Blanchett, the in-demand actor starred in the successful Woody Allen film "Blue Jasmine" and signed on last month to join the cast of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" - a highly anticipated animation from Dreamworks.
According to the film's director, Dean DeBlois, Blanchett is set to voice Valka, a courageous vigilante fighter who is trying to save the dragons from two villains who are trying to capture and enslave the dragons.
Blanchett can also be seen in the George Clooney directed "Monuments Men," which is set for release December 18.
Clooney stars and directs his own screenplay, adapted from a book by Robert M. Edsel titled "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," and Grant Heslov produces.
In "Monuments Men," Blanchett shares the screen with an all-star cast, including fellow Oscar winners Matt Damon and Jean Dujardin, as well as screen legends Bill Murray and John Goodman.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany, behind enemy lines, to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.