Cate Blanchett may win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “Carol,” and then she will be finally able to let millions know the truth: She is not bisexual.
Let us explain. Last year, at a press conference for the film, Blanchett was asked about an interview she gav Variety, in which she appeared to come out as bisexual, saying she had had “many” past relationships with women. Blanchett, who is married with four children, said her quote had been carefully and skillfully edited for effect.
“From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ And I said: ‘Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no.’ But that obviously didn’t make it. The point should be: Who cares? Call me old fashioned but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences. My own life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is. But I certainly have no interest in putting my own thoughts and opinions out there.”
Blanchett said she admired the restraint exhibited by the characters in the film, who speak about the sex lives only sparingly. “Carol’s sexuality is a private affair. What often happens these days is if your are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We’re living in a deeply conservative time.” The film’s screenwriter, Phyllis Nagy, spent 14 years attempting to get “Carol” made; that she finally had, she said, amounted to “a huge political statement.”
Now we’re living in a time when Blanchett may be adding another Oscar to her household. Todd Haynes’s “Carol” is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt,” about the affair between a married mother and a shop assistant in early ’50s New York. “Carol” will be available for digital download on March 4, 2016 from Starz Digital before heading to Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and On Demand March 15.
As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (portrayed by Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.
Living up to its groundbreaking source material, the film premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival—and won the festivals’ Queer Palm award. Since this auspicious debut, it has continued to collect both adoration and accolades. The Academy Awards honored the film with six nominations, including Actress in a Leading Role for Blanchett and Actress in a Supporting Role for Mara. The film garnered five Golden Globe nominations—the most of any film this year—including Best Motion Picture, Drama, alongside nominations for both Blanchett and Mara for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama. Blanchett and Mara also received Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. Other awards and nominations include nine BAFTA nominations; six Spirit Award nominations; four wins from the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography; nine Critics’ Choice nominations and named to more than 125 Top Ten lists.