best film: The Lord of the Rings is well ahead of The Aviator and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

best performance:  I think it’s Blue Jasmine but I’d accept a few others as well- she doesn’t have that one singular standout but she’s known for that great depth of filmography. That filmography is 17 films and counting though it shrinks a little when you combine the three LOTR films (as I do) and think about minor spots like Coffee and Cigarettes and Knight of Cups.

stylistic innovations/traits: Blanchett has such range and is such a talented actress. However, she has some bad luck in that her best films and best performances rarely seem to line up.  She won an Academy Award for her work with both Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine) and Scorsese (The Aviator) and these are very solid entrees for these all-time great auteurs—but they’re not in their top 5 films.

directors worked with: Haynes (2)—nobody else more than once.  To be clear Blanchett has worked with almost all the great auteurs: Malick, Kieslowski, Woody, Scorsese, Wes, Jarmusch, Inarritu, and Fincher—but look at those films—it’s kind of miraculous but they’re almost among the weaker films for those great auteurs (which still makes for better and more interesting films than 99% of everything out there but it hurts her with this list).

Top 5 Performances:

  1. Blue Jasmine
  2. The Aviator
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Carol
  5. I’m Not There

Archiveable films

1998- Elizabeth
1999- The Talented Mr. Ripley
2001- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002- Heaven
2002- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003- Coffee and Cigarettes
2003- The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2004- The Aviator
2004- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2006- Babel
2006- Notes on a Scandal
2007- I’m Not There
2008- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2010- Hanna
2013- Blue Jasmine
2015- Carol
2015- Knight of Cups