Cate Blanchett has come a long way in a short period of time. One of the actresses to gain momentum in the 2000’s and rise quickly to critical praise, she has become an actress that everyone has seen in at least one movie. It was probably Lord of the Rings, but in no way does that tiny part reveal to us the extraordinary skill this woman posseses. She garnered much of her fame for playing Queen Elizabeth, and became the first person ever to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar-winning actress (Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator.) She selects roles that will take her somewhere new, and by extention she takes us with her. Whether she is a school teacher drawn into an affair with one of her students or Bob Dylan, Blanchett never hesitates to go to places other performers would stumble.