Cate Blanchett is tipped as an early frontrunner for this year’s best actress Oscar, following rave reviews for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
Woody Allen’s new film recalls Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, with Cate Blanchett playing fallen New York socialite, Jasmine.
The film follows Jasmine, “a Park Avenue Princess”, whose wealthy husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) winds up in jail as a result of dodgy business practices.
Falling on hard times, Jasmine moves in with her adopted sister, Ginger, who lives in a humble apartment in San Francisco. Depressed and addicted to alcohol and pills, Jasmine desperately tries to maintain the appearance of wealth and decorum, as the truth is gradually revealed.
Cate Blanchett, who won best supporting actress for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, in 2005, is currently filming in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella.