Venice award for actress Blanchett

  • 10 September 2007

Cate Blanchett has been named best actress at the Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of the singer Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.

She was one of several actors to play a part in the unconventional Todd Haynes film, and has been tipped for an Oscar nomination for her representation of Dylan in the sixties.

Blanchett sent a note in her absence, which said: “I’m sorry I can’t stand here throwing my arms around like Todd, weeping just like a woman.”

Brad Pitt meanwhile took the award for best actor, pipping co-star Casey Afflect to the prize, for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Ang Lee - who won the Golden Lion for best film in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain - took the accolade a second time for his sexually explicit thriller Se Jie (Lust, Caution).

The film is set in Shanghai during World War II and tells the story of a plot to assassinate a Chinese official collaborating with the Japanese.

Lee dedicated the prize to Ingmar Bergman, the celebrated Swedish director who died earlier this summer.

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