5 best Cate Blanchett Performances AP Gallery 2011 the Gift
The Gift (2000): Sam Raimi's supernatural thriller oozes Southern gothic atmosphere, and its strong cast led by Blanchett elevates it beyond its B-movie origins. She stars as a widow raising three young sons in a small Georgia town who makes money by performing psychic readings. She sarcastically dismisses this "gift," but her visions are crucial to solving the disappearance of a young woman. Blanchett's naturalism is mesmerizing; she manages to be grounded and yet otherworldly. She'd been nominated for a best-actress Oscar a year earlier for "Elizabeth," but she can actually be more compelling in a less showy role like this.