Cate Blanchett's Best Actress OSCAR nomination failed to boost her career - because producers just wanted her to repeat her celebrated role in ELIZABETH.

The Australian star found that, contrary to expectations, an ACADEMY AWARD nomination 1998 actually hindered her desire to play a wide variety of roles.

She explains, "Just because one is nominated for an Academy Award doesn't mean that everything changes. The offers I had after Elizabeth were to do the same thing again, and I wasn't interested in doing that.

"I wanted to reclaim or to claim the space to actually keep working. I'm in it for the long haul and not for the short-term benefits, and I've been lucky enough always to do work that interests me."

23/06/2003 17:02