The recent royal wedding was such a historic event, it stole the thunder of just about everything else that was happening in the same weekend, including the closing of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. But just because royal weddings don’t occur as frequently as the Cannes Film Festival doesn’t mean that this year’s festival deserves to be swept under the rug of Harry and Meghan’s I-do's, especially when you have a silverscreen queen like Cate Blanchett at the centre of the event as this year’s festival jury president. Here are the top Cate Blanchett moments of the 2018 Cannes to remind us all of why we love her so damn much.
The Recycled Dress Moment
If Cate Blanchett looked “reminiscent” at the opening of Cannes on May 8, it’s because she was. The actress proudly reprised a lacey black Armani Privé number she first wore publicly to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards—you know, when she took home the award for Leading Actress in a Drama Motion Picture for her role in Blue Jasmine. NBD. Looking anything but out-of-style four years later in the same dress, Cate shows us that it’s totally acceptable to rewear outfits to events, especially if it’s something as exquisite as an Armani Privé gown. And I mean, how many men probably wore a recycled outfit to Cannes without anyone batting an eye. Just saying.
Leading The Unprecedented Cannes Women’s March
In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Cate did not miss the chance to reinforce this year’s theme of overdue justice for women at Cannes. On May 12, Cate arrived at the premiere of Girls of the Sun, one of three female-directed film in competition, with 81 other women in the industry, their faces solemn and arms linked in solidarity for gender equality. Eighty-two represents the number of female directors who have attended Cannes since the festival’s founding in 1946—that’s 82 in comparison to more than 1,600 male directors who have been to Cannes. As the leader of this unprecedented Cannes Women’s March, Cate called for “a world that allows all of us, in front and behind the camera, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues.” Amen!
That Heated Press Con
As the president of this year’s jury, Cate had to answer to some tough questions on the festival’s behalf, namely on the issue of fair representation at the festival and in the industry, which—let’s be honest—she’s not responsible for. Nevertheless, the two-time Oscar winner couldn’t have been more clear in saying that change needs to happen through specific actions and that although it’s not going to happen overnight we aren’t in dearth of evidence that it is taking place, ultimately giving us all hope and morale for the future. In addition, Cate reportedly shut down a sexist attempt by a journalist to only ask the male panelists a profound general question about film. “So actresses," Cate snided, “don’t answer that because you have no idea how to answer that.” What a boss.
That Givenchy Sunset Moment
Besides the twice-loved Armani Privé gown and that amazing pastel pink suit worn during the press con, our favourite Cate X Cannes 2018 look was the Givenchy outfit Cate wore to the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman on May 14. Featuring a stunning, cascading sunset of an ombre from the waist to the floor, the dress opted for stark black-out on top, revealing only the back with a tasteful cut-out. We couldn’t imagine a more fitting fashion statement of Cate’s beauty and strength. Four years from now, she could wear this dress to who-knows-what prestigious event and we bet we’ll still be in awe then.