It’s a hat-trick for Cate Blanchett, winner of the Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year award | Culture & Leisure


Posted on November 8, 2022
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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett will receive the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year at the 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She will be honored on February 10 for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Lydia Tár in Focus Features’ Todd Feld’s “TÁR.”

Setting a record, this is the second time Blanchett will be celebrated at the festival as Outstanding Performer of the Year. In 2014, she received the honor for her role as Jasmine French in “Blue Jasmine”. Additionally, in 2008, she was crowned the Modern Master Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and as the multifaceted Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There.”

“Cate Blanchett is an artist who no longer has anything to prove; she is one of the most brilliant actresses of all time; yet she continues to challenge herself and prove again and again that she is the most outstanding of performers,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar-winning actor, producer, artistic director and humanitarian. She stars in and produces Todd Field’s “TÁR,” which marks the writer-director-producer’s first film in more than 15 years.

The film was welcomed at the Telluride Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival, where Blanchett received the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress for the second time since “I’m Not There.” This fall, she will appear in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, “Pinocchio”, and the hit series “Documentary Now!”

Blanchett has now begun production in Australia on Warwick Thornton’s “The New Boy,” which she stars in and produces through production company Dirty Films. She recently completed production on “Disclaimer”, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which she also stars and produces.

n 2021, Blanchett appeared in Adam McKay’s hit “Don’t Look Up,” as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.”

The Outstanding Performer of the Year award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performances in film. Past recipients of the award are Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, Sacha Baron Cohen, Adam Driver, Rami Malek, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Brie Larson.

The 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place live from February 8-18. Passes and tickets are on sale at


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