FEMALE LEAD: Carol
An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.
Cate Blanchett served as the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, alongside Andrew Upton from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.
Blanchett starred as Jasmine in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, for which she won Best Actress at the Academy Awards ®. Her portrayal of Jasmine also earned her the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. In 2004, Blanchett won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which she also won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards® and received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2008, Blanchett was nominated for two Oscars®, as Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, making her only the fifth actor in Academy history to be nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Additionally, she received dual SAG and BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. For I'm Not There, she also won a Golden Globe Award, a Film Independent Spirit Award, several critics groups’ awards, and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
She earned her first Oscar® nomination and won BAFTA, Golden Globe and London Film Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth. She also received Oscar®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in Notes on a Scandal. Additionally, Blanchett has earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for the title role in Joel Schumacher’s Veronica Guerin and her work in Barry Levinson’s Bandits, and, earlier, another BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Blanchett has appeared in 57 films, most recently Carol and Truth, by director James Vanderbilt. In the latter film, she played the role of 60 Minutes Journalist Mary Mapes alongside Robert Redford as Dan Rather. Blanchett originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and reprised her role in the recent The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Additional film credits include Joe Wright’s Hanna, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Among her other film credits are Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, which earned her a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination; Ron Howard’s The Missing; Gillian Armstrong’s Charlotte Gray; Lasse Hallström’s The Shipping News; Rowan Woods’ Little Fish, for which she won and AFI Best Actress award; Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin; Sam Raimi’s The Gift; Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road; Thank God He Met Lizzie, for which she won both the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and the Sydney Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress; Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar and Lucinda; Disney’s Cinderella and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men.
Blanchett has worked extensively on the stage in Australia and abroad. Blanchett’s roles on stage include Hedda Gabler, for which she won the Ibsen Centennial Award, Helpmann Award and the MO Award for Best Actress; Richard II in the celebrated STC production of The Wars of The Roses; Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which travelled to much acclaim from Sydney to Washington and New York (her performance was considered the ‘performance of the year’ by the New York Times) and for which she received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; Yelena in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, which toured to Washington in 2011 and New York in 2012 to great critical acclaim and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a non-resident production; and Lotte in Botho Strauss’ Gross und Klein, which toured extensively throughout Europe in 2012 and was part of the London Cultural Olympiad and for which she received the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play. Blanchett also played alongside Isabelle Huppert in STC’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, directed by Benedict Andrews. Most recently, Blanchett preformed the the role of Anna Karenina in Andrew Upton’s The Present by Chekhov Platonov.
Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting and in 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2012, she was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des letters by the French Minister for Culture, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, Blanchett co-Chaired the creative stream of the Prime Minister of Australia’s National 2020 Summit. She is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation ACTAA and a strong supporter of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and UNHCR.