As if the tremendous awards buzz surrounding her acclaimed performance in Todd Haynes’ “Carol” wasn’t enough, Cate Blanchett is now set to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year’s London Film Festival. The award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television. Both of Blanchett’s fall releases — “Carol” and the Dan Rather drama “Truth” — are playing at the London Film Festival this October.
“Cate Blanchett’s mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles,” said the BFI in a statement. “A fearless and subtle actress, she has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect.”
In her 25-year career, Blanchett has appeared in critically acclaimed dramas and blockbuster franchises (“The Lord of the Rings”). She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” and earned the Best Actress prize for her tormented performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”
The BFI Fellowship will be awarded on Saturday, October 17 at London’s Banqueting House. “Carol” hits U.S. theaters November 20, while “Truth” lands earlier, on October 16.