Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett Back in the Oscar Race as “Tar” Takes Venice Film Festival by Storm


It’s no surprise that the Venice Film Festival went crazy today for Cate Blanchett.

The accomplished actress already has two Oscars, with many more to come.

In her new film, “Tar,” directed and written by Todd Field, Blanchett is blowing the roof off as a classical music conductor. The film received a six minute standing ovation. On Rotten Tomatoes it’s at 94% among critics who attended screenings there.

Reviews are rapturous. And while “Tar” may be art house fare, it’s going to fare very well in that environment. So stick a pin in it. Looking forward to seeing this performance soon.

PS Blanchett should have won her first Oscar in 1999 for “Elizabeth I.” She was elbowed out by Gwyneth Paltrow, who was wonderful but not serious about an acting career. In the interceding years, Blanchett has worked hard and consistently turned out quality work.

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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