CATHERINE ELISE BLANCHETT NSW AC
For eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes.
Cate Blanchett is one of the most talented actresses of her generation.
The 48-year-old stage and screen veteran has been winning accolades — and rewriting record books — ever since she took home the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Best Newcomer Award in 1993 for her performance in Kafka Dances.
And today Blanchett has received another honour — a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Blanchett’s resume is extraordinary.
She also won Best Actress for her performance in David Mamet’s Oleanna, opposite Geoffrey Rush, making her the first actor to win both categories the same year.
Blanchett is the only Australian to win two Oscars for acting (Supporting Actress for The Aviator in 2004 and Best Actress for Blue Jasmine in 2014).
She has been nominated five more times — for Elizabeth (1998), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (2015).
She has won three Golden Globes, three BAFTAS and six AACTAs.
Blanchett ran the Sydney Theatre Company with her husband Andrew Upton from 2008 to 2013, during which time she appeared as Blanche DuBois in an internationally-acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Joel Edgerton, and opposite French actor Isabelle Huppert in The Maids.
She also directed Robyn Nevin in A Year of Magical Thinking for the STC and Paula Arundell and Peter Kotwiz in Blackbird, David Harrower’s provocative play about child sex abuse.
Blanchett has four children — biological sons Dashiell, Roman and Ignatius and adopted daughter Edith.
She made headlines when she brought her third son to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Australia 2020 summit just six days after giving birth in 2008.
And Blanchett was back in the rehearsal room of Hedda Gabler (for which she won the Ibsen Centennial Award) eight weeks after giving birth to Roman.
Blanchett was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for Service to Australian Society through Acting.
A passionate supporter of environmental causes, she was made an honorary life member of the Australian Conservation Foundation in 2012, and a global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency in 2016.
An outspoken feminist, Blanchett lit up social media when she called out a cameraman for his casual red carpet sexism while doing the Awards Season rounds for Blue Jasmine.
As the camera lens swept up from the hem of her Givenchy gown to the tip of her carefully coiffured hair, Blanchett crouched down to his level and asked:
“Do you do that to the guys?’’
The GIF went viral.
Originally published as ‘Role model’ Cate makes Queen’s honours