Cate Blanchett criticises ‘patriarchal pyramid’ of awards shows

Cate Blanchett has continued her successful awards season run, winning best actress at Monday’s 28th Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles for her performance in Todd Field’s film Tar, set to be released in Australia on January 26.

Her latest win comes less than a week after she picked up the same award at the Golden Globes and, though nominations are yet to be announced, bodes well for her chances at the Academy Awards in March.

Cate Blanchett accepts the award for best actress for Tar at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards.Credit:AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

While accepting the award, however, Blanchett was eager to share the acclaim with the other women nominated in her category which included Michelle Yeoh, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Danielle Deadwyler and Michelle Williams.

“What is this? It’s this patriarchal pyramid where someone stands up here,” she said, laughing. “Why don’t we just say there is a whole raft of female performances that are in concert and in dialogue with one another.”

“[We should] stop the televised horse race of it all because can I tell you every single woman with a television, film, advertising, tampon commercials, whatever, you’re all out there doing amazing work that is inspiring me continually.

“Thank you I share this with you all.”

More to come.

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