In a career that has 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 spiralling with a tour-de-force authenticity that blew away audiences and critics alike.
To read our full Awards Season Spotlight of Blanchett, head over HERE. There you'll also find multiple video interviews with the actress and some original photography.