Cate Blanchett to chair 2018 Cannes Film Festival jury

From BBC - January 4, 2018

Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is to chair the jury that will pick the award winners at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

She is "a rare and unique artist with talent and conviction", the Cannes Film Festival organisers said.

The Australian star is one of the Hollywood figures who recently launched the Time's Up campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace.

Blanchett said she was "humbled" to be given the role for the festival in May.

She will lead a panel, usually made up of actors and film-makers, who will choose the winner of the Palme d'Or - the influential Cannes award for best film.

They will also select the festival's other main prizes.

Blanchett has won two Oscars - for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine - and been nominated five more times.

Cannes president Pierre Lescure and delegate general Thierry Fremaux said: "Our conversations this autumn convince us she will be a committed president, and a passionate and generous spectator."

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