Blanchett earned her second Oscar nom in the lead actress category — she was previously nominated for the same role in “Elizabeth.” Thesp also is nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in “I’m Not There.”

“Whether acting the flirt, the spurned lover or the fearsome warrior maiden, she’s the only thing that cuts through this sequel’s visual bombast and its insistence on more action, more stuff, more storms at sea, more romantic turmoil on terra firma.”
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

“… the forceful Ms. Blanchett, whose strange beauty adds to the queen’s otherworldly affect.”
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

“Blanchett is an actress of typhoon strength. She’s got dazzle and depth — an unbeatable combination in an actress or a monarch. Blanchett rules.”
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

“(Blanchett) can do no wrong, and does none here.”
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal