Distaste for Cate Blanchett’s acting is a generally unheard of concept — that combination of words strikes as almost nonsensical. For her undeniable range and depth, both onscreen and onstage, she’s become one of the most universally revered working actors.
MoMA seems to agree with the masses on Blanchett’s excellence and contribution to film, and will soon be providing everyone with yet another opportunity to consider said excellence/contribution (on top of the two Oscars she’s won, and the attention she’s getting for her work in the upcoming Todd Haynes film, Carol).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett will receive the Film Benefit Honor on November 17, at the celebration for the museum’s 80th anniversary. (Previous honorees have included Kathryn Bigelow, Alfonso Cuaron, Tilda Swinton, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton, Baz Luhrmann, and Quentin Tarantino.) Rahenda Roy, a curator in the museum’s film department, said:
As MoMA’s Department of Film marks its 80th anniversary, we’re thrilled to honor a woman who embodies the greatest traditions of screen acting, while fiercely embracing innovation and risk. Cate Blanchett has the kind of talent that inspires others to deliver their best work, challenges the field to be more fully engaged with women artists and audiences and propels cinema forward with intelligence and grace.