BAFTAS 2023: Cate Blanchett wins best actress


Blanchett won the top gong for her role as the first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Lydia Tár in Tár.
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Cate Blanchett poses with the Leading Actress Award for her performance in ‘Tár’ during the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images)

The British Academy Film Awards took place on February 20, with Australian actress Cate Blanchett taking out the best actress award for her role in Tár, where she played the first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Lydia Tár.

Blanchett gave an emotional speech in accepting her award, giving a nod to her fellow nominees, Viola Davis (The Woman King), Ana de Armas (Blonde), Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) and Danielle Deadwyler (Till).

“Thank you to BAFTA for recognising all of us,” she said before thanking her cast, crew and her family. “Thank you for letting me go,” she said. “This was… It really did take a lot. It took me away from you an enormous lot. Thank you to my mum for holding the fort and my four extraordinary children.”

Austin Butler took home the best actor award for his role as Elvis in the 2022 film, Elvis. He was up against Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande), Paul Mescal (Aftersun) and Bill Nighy (Living).

All is Quiet on the Western Front took home the award for best film and six others – including best film not in the English language and best adapted screenplay.

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