The Australian actor, who has just launched with other stars like Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep the campaign « Time’s Up » defying sexual harassment in Hollywood, is the 12th woman to head the festival’s jury, four years after the New Zealand director Jane Campion.
“We’re very pleased to welcome a rare and unique artist with talent and conviction,” Cannes president Pierre Lescure and delegate general Thierry Fremaux said in a joint statement.
« I’ve been coming to Cannes for years as an actress, as a producer, for gala evenings and competing sessions, for the Market itself, but I’ve never come for the pleasure of enjoying (This great festival,) » responded the Australian star in a statement.
Though this choice seems logical from an artistic point of view, this can also be seen as politically charged since the Weinstein affair has shaken the cinema industry last fall. Cate Blanchett was indeed one of the first celebrities to publicly stand against producer Harvey Weinstein and by his accusers, since sexual assault and rape allegations made surface.