Cate Blanchett is celebrating her role as the history-making conductor in ‘Tar’ by making herself history at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The two-time Oscar winner has been named as the recipient of the festival’s Outstanding Artist of the Year award this year, making her the first person to receive the honor twice. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Now in theaters, “Tarr” sees Blanchett playing the role of Lydia Tarr, a world-renowned composer who serves as the Berlin Philharmonic’s first female chief conductor.
Blanchett was previously honored with SBIFF’s Performer of the Year Award for her performance in “Blue Jasmine” in 2014. In 2008, he received the Fest’s Modern Master Award.
SBIFF executive director Roger Darling described Blanchett as an “artist who has nothing left to prove; she is one of the most prolific actresses of all time – yet she continues to challenge herself.” And proves again and again that she is the best artist ever!” He insisted.
Past recipients of the Performer of the Year Award include Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence.
Blanchett will be honored with her award on February 10. SBIFF runs from February 8-13.
A seven-time Oscar nominee, Blanchett took home honors for “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.”