Cate Blanchett may have won a slew of awards throughout her acting career, but the Aussie actress is not one for the pomp and circumstance of awards show ceremonies.
Yesterday, during her Critics’ Choice Awards acceptance speech following her Best Actress win for Tár, the 53-year-old called for an end to awards shows altogether, calling the programs a “patriarchal pyramid”.
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“I would love it if we would just change this whole f—ing structure,” she told the audience. “It’s like what is this patriarchal pyramid where someone stands up here. Why don’t we just say there was a whole raft of female performances that are in concert and in dialogue with one another? And stop the televised horse race of it all.
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“Because, can I tell you, every single woman with a television, film, advertising, tampon commercials – whatever – you’re all out there doing amazing work that is inspiring me continually. So thank you. I share this with you all.”
In Tár, Blanchett – who also won a Best Actress Golden Globe last week for her role in the drama – plays a fictional composer named Lydia Tár who is seen as a trailblazer for women in the industry. But her career soon unravels when sexual misconduct accusations surface.
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While Blanchett is getting recognition for her acting in the film, she argues that her peers are just as talented and deserve the same accolades.
The star argued that the term ‘Best Actress’ is “arbitrary” considering how many “extraordinary performances” were given by her fellow nominees: Viola Davis (The Woman King), Danielle Deadwyler (Till), Margot Robbie (Babylon), Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans) and Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
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