The undeniable Cate Blanchett, captured by the one, the only, Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair's February 2009 issue. An astonishing talent, Blanchett is in my opinion, one of the greatest cinema sirens ever. I'll pretty much watch anything she does. By the way, go see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
, you will be glad you did.
Cate is blessed with the distinguishable ability to effortlessly become her character to an unrecognizable degree - easier said than done, and something even the best paid actors today, the Toms and Nicoles and Angelinas, fail to do well. The thought of an insurmountable number of close-ups of a breathless Kidman's tightly pulled face is the reason I have not yet brought myself to see Australia
. Blanchett's versions of Katharine Hepburn
, Elizabeth I
, and Bob Dylan
are especially fun to watch.