With two Oscar wins already, Cate Blanchett will go head to head with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Brie Larson to take home Best Actress for her role in Todd Haynes’ ﬁlm about a '50s lesbian romance set in New York.
If Blanchett wins, she will become a two-time winner of the prestigious Best Actress accolade, bringing her total Oscar tally up to three and catapulting her into Meryl Streep waters, who has three academy wins to her name.
Blanchett, who calls Sydney home, is currently the only Australian to have won two acting Oscars and through her steady thread of unwavering lead roles and off-screen frankness she has become not only a household name, but the kind of Hollywood regular you'd actually want to spend your Sunday with.
In her Oscar acceptance speech for Blue Jasmine in 2013, she reprimanded Hollywood for "still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences".
And who could forget when she called out an E! cameraman during the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for crouching down to film her pink Givenchy dress from the ground up on the red carpet. “Do you do that to the guys?” She famously asked him, before her reaction was turned into a series of GIFs.
But it’s not just Blanchett’s straight talk that makes her so infectious. The mother-of-four who has been married to director Andrew Upton for 18 years, brings a relentless ferocity to each one of her roles, and get it right -- every time.
Take her latest film Truth, where she plays 60 Minutes investigative producer Mary Mapes alongside Dan Rather whose careers become undone after a story is rushed to air revealing George W. Bush's avoidance of service in the Vietnam war.
And her unapologetic comments about the gender problem in Hollywood -- and the world -- perfectly sum up why we love her so.
“What are we still having the conversation about equal pay for equal work for? Let’s just get on with it. Women do the same work as men do they should be paid equally,” Blanchett told The Guardian last year.
Here's to Oscar number three, Cate.