On Saturday night after we got back from the Napa Valley Wine Train, Sharon and I watched Blue Jasmine as an HD rental on the AppleTV. We are trying to knock out as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the Academy Awards show in early March.
Cate Blanchett has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Jasmine and Sally Hawkins, who plays Jasmine's sister, Ginger, is up for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. We have now seen three of the five nominees for Best Actress [Blanchett plus Amy Adams in American Hustle and Sandra Bullock in Gravity].
Written and Directed by Woody Allen, the film has been compared to A Streetcar Named Desire. [Note to self: need to watch A Streetcar Named Desire] It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite (played by Cate Blanchett) falling into poverty and homelessness. The film also stars Alec Baldwin as Blanchett's husband. I always enjoy watching Alec.
Cate Blanchett's performance is very good. I wouldn't be surprised to see her win the Oscar for Best Actress. I was less impressed with Hawkins' performance.