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Sorry, Cate: These Two Actresses Are The Ultimate Muses For Queer Filmmakers

Sorry, Cate: These Two Actresses Are The Ultimate Muses For Queer Filmmakers

Cate Blanchett is riding incredible raves out of Cannes for her titular performance in Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” which will surely go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest collaborations between a queer filmmaker and an iconic actress. But while we bow down to Cate Blanchett in dozens of different ways, she has a whiles to go before taking the crown of ultimate muse for a queer filmmaker. Two women hold that title hands down (and rather equally): Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. Each have starred in 10 films for queer filmmakers (from our count at least… finding out certain filmmakers’ sexuality was sometimes tricky), and collectively have worked with pretty much every prominent name in New Queer Cinema. They also each can thank their queer collaborators for their one and only Oscars.

Check out our little tally, it’s quite something… 

Nicole Kidman:

Has worked with: Gus Van Sant (“To Die For”), Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”), Alejandro Amenábar (“The Others”), Rob Marshall (“Nine”), Joel Schumacher (“Trespass,” “Batman Forever”), John Cameron Mitchell (“Rabbit Hole,” upcoming project), Lee Daniels (“The Paperboy”), Michael Grandage (upcoming “Genius”)

Total films with queer directors: 10*
Oscar nominations from said collaborations: 2 (including 1 win)

Julianne Moore:

Has worked with: Todd Haynes (“Safe,” “Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There”), James Ivory (“Surviving Picasso”), Gus Van Sant (“Psycho”), Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”), Tom Calin (“Savage Grace”), Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”), Tom Ford (“A Single Man”),  Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”)

Total films with queer directors: 10 
Oscar nominations from said collaborations: 3 (including 1 win)

*-We could have been all shadey and added Baz Luhrmann to that count (which would make it 12), but he’s happily married to a woman and all…

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