Ladies and gentlemen, get your popcorn ready. The results are now available! And the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama goes to… Cate Blanchett for Tár. The 53-year-old actress triumphed over Olivia Colman, Viola Davis, Ana de Armas & Michelle Williams on Tuesday night at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 80th annual awards event.
Due to employment commitments in the United Kingdom, Blanchett was unable to make it to the ceremony. Blanchett ties Ingrid Bergman, Jane Fonda & Meryl Streep for the Best Actress – Drama awards with her third win.
Elizabeth and Blue Jasmine were her previous two triumphs. She also took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in 2008's I'm Not There.
Blanchett has been nominated for a Critics' Choice Movie Award & an Independent Spirit Award for her performance as a world-famous composer-conductor in Tár & her triumph today solidifies her position as the frontrunner for Best Actress this awards season. Meanwhile, the picture earned director/writer Todd Field a Best Screenplay nomination.
To avoid over-relying on cinematic tricks, Blanchett worked with a tutor to learn how to direct an orchestra live. During a press conference at the New York Film Festival in October, she joked, “I wasn't doing the conducting lip-syncing version of it.”
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“Moviegoers have seen enough about artists to pray, “Please, God, don't turn the canvas around; I know that you're not really a painter.” We decided against performing that particular rendition because: “Blanchett put it this way.
“To me, it was crucial that we be able to compete musically with any actors cast as musicians. As actors, we had to train ourselves to sound as much like musicians as possible.”
Blanchett stated she listened to one of the film's important symphonies “inside out” and “nonstop, 24/7 for a year” to prepare. Blanchett also plays some piano and talks in German at certain points throughout the film.
The Deserving Nominees
In spite of the fact that Blanchett's victory was generally expected by critics—some even going so far as to describe her portrayal as the orchestra conductor the best of her career—the achievements of the other finalists should not be overlooked.
Nominated for her role as Hilary Small in Sam Mendes' Empire of Light, Olivia Colman, who got her start in comedy, won an Oscar. Coleman was the shining star of the film, which otherwise received mixed reviews.
Viola Davis was nominated for an award due to her amazing performance in the film The Woman King. Davis plays General Nanisca, the head of a band of female warriors in 18th-century West Africa, in the inspiring historical film.
Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and John Boyega also star in the movie. The nominee for Blonde was Ana de Armas, who was commended by tonight's prize winner Colin Farrell for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.
The picture, adapted from a work of literature by Joyce Carol Oates, has been one of the most divisive of 2022. Some have even called it exploitative. Despite the contradictory critical reception, de Armas has been universally lauded.
Michelle Williams, who was nominated for her role in Steven Spielberg's biography The Fabelmans, was a strong possibility to win the honor tonight. Spielberg said that thanks to Williams' portrayal of his mother Mitzi and Paul Dano's portrayal of his father, he felt like his parents had “came back to life again.”