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NIDA Alumni win at the Emmys and Venice Film Festival

Above: Poster images from TAR (2022) and The White Lotus (2021). Images: IMDB

Murray Bartlett (Acting, 1991) claimed the first Emmy of his career for his breakout role in the HBO series The White Lotus, whilst Cate Blanchett (Acting, 1992) was named best actress at the Venice Film Festival for the second time in her career, for her performance in the film TAR.

Above: A still from HBO’s The White Lotus featuring NIDA alumnus Murray Bartlett (Acting, 1991). Image: HBO

Murray Bartlett secured the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Limited Series in what was also his first Emmy nomination ever. Taking the stage to accept his award, Bartlett thanks series creator Mike White and save a special thank you to his mother back home in Australia.

‘I just want to thank my mum all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love,’ he said. ‘And inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other. So, thank you, mum.’

Above: A still from Todd Field’s TAR featuring NIDA alumna Cate Blanchett (Acting, 1992). Image: IMDB

Cate Blanchett was awarded the best actress award in Venice for a second time on Saturday. Blanchett won her first best actress award in 2007 for her performance as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. This time Blanchett won for her complex role playing a renowned classical music conductor accused of inappropriate behaviour with female colleagues in the film TAR.

Blanchett’s performance playing a successful woman in the world of international music whose reputation comes under threat has gotten nearly universal acclaim. ‘Thank you so much, it’s such an enormous honour.’ Blanchett said upon accepting the coveted award in person on Saturday.

NIDA alumni Sarah Snook (Acting, 2008) and Julio Himede (Design, 1999) were also nominated for an Emmy. Snook was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Shive Roy in HBO series Succession. The category was one by Julia Garner for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark.

Himede was nominated for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety Special for his work as Production Designer on the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. He was nominated alongside Kristen Merlino, Art Director. This category was won by Production Designer Bruce Rodgers, Art Directors Shelley Rodgers and Maria Garcia, for their work on The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.