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Cate Blanchett picks up prestigious honor for career contributions to film industry

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Winner of the BFI Fellowship Award, Cate Blanchett talks to a reporter at the BFI London Film Festival Awards at Banqueting House on October 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

Over the weekend in London, Australian actress Cate Blanchett was honored with a British Film Institute fellowship for her work in the film industry. “To be honored by the British Film Institute is such an incredible honor, particularly given the list of people who’ve been honored before me,” Blanchett said to reporters on the red carpet before receiving her tribute. The company she was alluding to includes some of the most rarefied names in movie history. Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Al Pacino and Helena Bonham Carter are a few of the previous recipients of the award. Sir Ian McKellan, Blanchett’s co-star in The Lord of the Rings, presented Blanchett with her fellowship, saying, “The strong woman, the great actress, Cate Blanchett.” Indeed, Blanchett is no stranger to big honors. She’s won two Academy Awards for her roles in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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