Critic’s Pick: Cate Blanchett’s memorable role in ‘Blue Jasmine’


Sometimes a movie lands too early, so that it’s mostly forgotten by the time the awards season rolls around.

Woody Allen’s films have a way of outlasting most and “Blue Jasmine,” a dark satire released in August, is following that trend. It hangs on the incredibly precarious emotions of one very blue Jasmine played to searing effect by Cate Blanchett.

In a very tough year with an abundance of strong roles for women Blanchett on Sunday picked up a Golden Globe for her efforts and earlier Thursday made the Oscar cut with a lead actress nomination (along with Amy Adams in “American Hustle,” Sandra Bullock in “Gravity,” Judi Dench in “Philomena” and Meryle Streep in “August: Osage County”).


If you have missed the film, there is still time before the Academy Awards March 2 telecast will deem her the winner or one of the “just so happy to be nominated” crowd.

The 44-year-old’s career has had many highs already, including her sole Oscar win as best supporting actress in “The Aviator” in 2005, and her other nominations beginning with “Elizabeth” in 1999, “Notes on a Scandal” in 2007 and twice in 2008 as leading actress in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and supporting actress in “I’m Not There.”

But there is something so exceptionally distinctive in the way her former trophy wife comes apart at the seams that feels like the actress has found an even deeper emotional well to muck around in. There are many fine films filling the theaters at the moment, an embarrassment of riches in fact, but make time for Jasmine. You won’t regret it.