5. Cate Blanchett
ELIZABETH, CAROL, THE AVIATOR, BLUE JASMINE, LORD OF THE RINGS, NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Cate Blanchett is multi-award winning Australian actress probably most famous for her work in period films like The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit films, Elizabeth, Notes on a Scandal, and Carol. Blanchett’s timeless features and sometimes-other-worldly presence makes her the perfect choice for these types of films. She is just as believable as an elf as she is as Katherine Hepburn. One of the things that makes Blanchett worthy of a place on a list like this is her range. In a film likeThe Lord of the Rings she plays the seemingly flawless elf queen Galadriel but she is equally as convincing as the hot mess; Jasmine, in Blue Jasmine. Whether she is ruling England as the virgin queen, forcing Cinderella to sleep in the attic, or falling in love with a man who ages backwards Blanchett always delivers an incredible and often timeless performance.