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Blanchett honoured with Longford Lyell Award

6 December 2015 6:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Cate Blanchett will receive the Aacta Longford Lyell Award at the 5th Aacta Awards on Wednesday night in Sydney.

First presented in 1968, the Longford Lyell Award is the highest honour that the Australian Academy can bestow upon an individual in recognition of a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia.s screen environment and culture.

It was originally known as the AFI/Aacta Raymond Longford Award, in honour of the great Australian film pioneer, Raymond Longford.

But the name of the Award was changed earlier in 2015 to recognise Raymond Longford.s partner in filmmaking and in life, Lottie Lyell.

Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving will present the award to Blanchett.

The presentation will also include a tribute from Gillian Armstrong, and filmed tributes from Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Ridley Scott and Ron Howard, to name a few.

After graduating from Nida in 1992, Blanchett started »

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Cate Blanchett Will Make Her Directorial Debut on Aussie TV

21 July 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's about time Cate Blanchett got behind the camera. The Oscar-winning actress and producer who has long decried the state of things for women in movies is headed to Australian television with the drama "Stateless," which she is developing and set to direct. According to Screen Australia, “'Stateless' will be Cate Blanchett’s first venture into high-end TV,” and it centers on the true, headline-making story of Cornelia Rau, a young German-Australian woman who in 2005 escaped Sydney sect Kenja, only to be wrongly detained as an illegal immigrant in South Australia. Read More: Cate Blanchett on Cannes Lesbian Drama 'Carol': "It's Not 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'" Will Blanchett also star in the series? That's unclear. In 2013, it was announced that she would direct screenwriter Oren Moverman's ("Love and Mercy") "The Dinner," though no word yet on that project's whereabouts. Blanchett, who appeared in Aussie TV dramas »

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