Saturday, June 15, 2024

10 Minute Standing Ovation: Cate Blanchett Goes for Rare 3rd Oscar in Lesbian Drama “Carol” as Cannes Swoons


Cate Blanchett may be on her way to a rare third Oscar. The movie she opened at Cannes tonight, Todd Haynes’s “Carol,” just received a 10 minute standing ovation at its premiere. “A good ten minutes,” says a source. “Carol” co-stars Rooney Mara in a lesbian love affair that isn’t graphic but subtle and incredibly riveting according to reviews. Harvey Weinstein will release it in December. From the responses, it does seem that “Carol” is a sure Best Picture nominee, with Blanchett going for Best Actress. Mara may be put in Supporting so they don’t cross each other out. Haynes will get his second Best Director nomination. Bravo to Christine Vachon, who has toiled long and hard producing his films. She deserves an Oscar for being the unseen hand behind so much good art.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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