Cate Blanchett set to be Cannes jury president

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The Oscar-winning actress will follow in the footsteps of director Pedro Almodovar and head up the jury of the 71st annual festival in May (18).

More recently, she joined the Time's Up initiative alongside other high-profile actresses including Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone.

The Australian actress will preside over the competition for the 71st festival, which takes place May 8 to May 19.

Pierre Lescure, Festival de Cannes President and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, said: "We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artiste whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage".

Blanchett was one of 300 women listed as backing a new campaign against harassment in the workplace.

Cannes organizers did not mention the Weinstein scandal or Blanchett's commitment to the fight against sexual harassment.

A decade earlier, she was named best supporting actress for her role as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, by Martin Scorsese.

"I'm going to Cannes for years as an actress, as a producer, for gala nights and for competition sessions, even for market".

Blanchett, 48, received global acclaim for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur's 1998 film "Elizabeth" and has won three Golden Globe awards. Declaring she was "humbled by the privilege and responsibility" of the role, Blanchett in a statement on Thursday shared some of her own achievements as a festival regular.

"This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that unusual and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave", she added.

"That unusual and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave".

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