9 Unforgettable Cate Blanchett Movie Roles

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To celebrate the beloved Academy Award-winning actress' birthday, we bring you a selection of Cate Blanchett's most unforgettable characters.

May 14, 2014 | 06:09 PM

Happy birthday, Cate Blanchett!

Throughout her impressively diverse film and theater career, Cate's tackled every genre—from comedy and drama to historical biographies and beyond—with impeccable talent and ease.

With nearly 50 films under her belt, Cate's recieved constant critical acclaim for her work, including two Academy Awards, three SAG Awards, three Golden Globes, and three BAFTA Awards—all in less than 20 years in the business.

In honor of the "Elizabeth" star's birthday (and woman crush Wednesdays, coincidentally), here are nine of our favorite roles played by the timeless beauty, Cate Blanchett:

Jude Quinn (Bob Dylan) in "I'm Not There"

We don't know of many female stars who can play the role of a man—especially a legendary musician—so convincingly.

Daisy Fuller in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Having trouble with a partner who's aging in reverse? Well, Cate's got it covered.

Sheba Hart in "Notes on a Scandal"

50% sexy, 50% disturbing, 100% captivating.

Susan Jones in "Babel"

In every scene she enters in this multi-narrative drama, Cate manages to steal the show.

Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

Those. Dresses. That is all.

Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis in "Blue Jasmine"

It's a challenge to make an audience feel bad for a wealthy socialite, but Cate, as always, gets the job done. Now, if only she would indulge our inner nerd with a classic fantasy role. Oh wait...

Lady Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings" Films

Not just an elf, but a royal elf.

Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator"

Portraying yet another iconic historical figure: no big deal for Cate Blanchett. 

Irina Spalko in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

And when it comes to accents, Cate's a master of disguise: for the entire movie, we forgot that Cate is a natural-born Aussie.

One thing we could NEVER forget: Cate is simply the best. Happy birthday, lady!

Cover image credit: IMDB

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