Cate Blanchett: Movies with Female Leads ‘Earn Money’

Cate Blanchett
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In addition to thanking her family, costars, agent and publicist in her Oscar speech, Cate Blanchett also used her time at the podium to offer some sociopolitical commentary.

“Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences,” said the “Blue Jasmine” star. “They are not [niche experiences]. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”

She elaborated on this point backstage.

“Every year I watch this thing remotely, and every year there are 5, 6, 10, 12, 20 performances by women that I am gobsmacked by and inspired by,” she told the journalists in the press room. “And you know, it gets whittled down to five … And I mean, to be in conversation with those women, you know, by proxy, because we are all crammed together into one category, I mean, that’s the privilege. And the rest is just chocolate.”

Blanchett’s comments do have some validity. “Frozen,” “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” each films with female leads, made the list of best internationally grossing films of 2013. In 2012, that list included “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and the first “Hunger Games.”

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  1. Michael says:

    Cate’s comment applied more to Sandra Bullock than herself. Sandra has had her biggest year ever. Gravity has made over $700 million worldwide. I love women in powerful roles. I do think when Cate mentioned her fellow nominees her comment about Sandra.was very back handed and mean girl. Not called for and disrespectful.

    • Kate says:

      Did you even understand the comment? disrespectful? you’re an idiot. Cate is friends with all those gals. Bullock laughed, and Julia laughed A LOT on the inside joke.

      Her commentary on women films applies to all women-led or women-centric films that have made money in recent years, including BLUE JASMINE. Blue Jasmine was a great financial success. Woody Allen makes his films on a shoestring, the budget was under $1 million and it made almost $100 million dollars worldwide, not to mention all the DVD/video money it’s making even more now because of the Oscar win.

      Sandra I’m sure is very happy with her $70 million takeaway from Gravity.

  2. PETER says:

    I still love Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck movies. Of course, I will go see your movies any time, Cate. And loved you in the wonderful AVIATOR.

  3. DG says:

    Cate, bless her heart, is absolutely right. Not that there isn’t a place for comic books and superheroes, but Yee-God, are were burning out on them. More variety at the box office, please!

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