Cate Blanchett Named 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury President

President Cate Blanchett. That has a nice ring to it.

Each year, the Cannes Film Festival jury is chaired by an internationally recognized personality of cinema. For the 71st annual event, Cate Blanchett has been given that honor. The 48-year-old Academy Award winner is only the 12th woman to lead the jury of the prestigious festival. Recent jury presidents include Steven Spielberg, Jane Campion, Joel and Ethan Coen and Pedro Almodóvar.

“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition,” Blanchett said in a statement, “but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbors.”

“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” Cate continued. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 8 to May 19.