Cate Blanchett versus Nicole Kidman: who looked better in Sydney?

These are some photos from the weekend that I’ve only just seen – I’m sorry about that! Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett were two of several judges at the TropFest short film festival in Sydney, Australia. Quick, without looking it up – which one is older, La Blanchett or La Kidman? I had to look it up too – Cate is 42 years old, and she’ll be 43 in May. Nicole is 44, and she’ll be 45 in June. So Cate is younger by two years. Does Cate look it? To me, Cate’s face is timeless. She’s looked pretty much like this since her 20s. She’ll still look like this a decade from now. As for Nicole… she’s fighting and she’s Botoxing and she’s injecting… still? Or has she eased up? I don’t even know. But I like what the Australian humidity (I’m assuming) has done to Nicole’s hair – I get tired of her straight-ironed locks.

Anyway, the event was easy enough – Nicole and Cate and the other judges had to watch a lot of short films and announce the winners. Cate and Nicole sat with each other – I wonder if they get along? I think Cate gets along with everyone. So they probably had a nice time. Nicole’s dress is Gucci, by the way, and Cate is wearing Hussein Chalayan. It feels like Nicole is too dressy, but I kind of dislike Cate’s outfit too. Still, it’s Cate and she can pull off anything.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Pacific Coast News.

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  1. Nev says:

    Nicole looks great.

    • laylajanelovesgossip says:

      That’s the best Nicole has looked in awhile:-) Whatever she is doing don’t stop!!

      • Nev says:


        she actually looks fresh and like she’s eased up on the tox, etc…

      • Jaxx says:

        I agree. I think Nic realized that she was going to tox herself right out of ever getting a role again if she didn’t lay off the expressionless face look.

        However, she forgot to floss this morning. She has something stuck in her teeth in that second pic.

      • HadleyB says:

        Nicole looks happy and awesome. I think she still does Botox/ fillers but maybe eased up on them or the amount each time. Whatever she is looking good.

        Cate : love her, looks great while I don’t think she looks the same as she did in her 20′s ( come on now, really? no..) she looks fantastic.

        Why bother saying who looked better than who.. don’t you have it when guys do this to you and your girlfriend when you are out? ugh.

    • carrie says:

      totally agree even her fake lips look good and nice outfit also

  2. bea says:

    I’m a Cate B. fan, but wth does she have on her feet?

    Kidman has great style and knows how to dress her body-type. I like the dress – very flattering and age-appropriate.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I like Kidman’s dress–except for the nippage.

      And I am not a fan of Blanchett’s pants–way too tight so they make her legs look tree trunkish. Which has gotta be tough because she’s so long and lean.

  3. BW says:

    Sooooo, do you think that SK-II stuff that Cate shills, really works?

  4. marie says:

    Nicole hands down looks better.

  5. dorothy says:

    Both of them are beautiful women.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed. Both are beautiful and classy women. Nicole looks especially lovely here with her tousled hair. And what stunningly blue eyes!

      Edit: Are those coloured contacts? I was surprised to learn that Jennifer Aniston wears blue contacts; does Nicole as well???

    • NYCGAL says:

      I agree! Both lovely fair CLASSY beauties!

  6. fabgrrl says:

    Nicole Kidman, I think, looks really good in candid shots. When she is speaking or looking at something. When she is *not* trying so hard to smile without making any wrinkles.

  7. sharylmj says:

    they both look great, but I haven’t seen Nicole look this good in awhile!! her hair, skin, everything looks fantastic!! you can tell she’s “home”. relaxed and happy!!

  8. The Truth Fairy says:

    My thoughts exactly!

  9. Franny says:

    I’m flying to Australia tomorrow! I hope I see them walking around Sydney…. ;)

  10. Jayna says:

    Nicole looks beautiful. Both are striking and two of my favorite actresses of all time.

    • Alison says:

      I live in Rozelle, Sydney, and I see Cate all the time at a local organic market called ‘About Life’. Seriously, she photographs a lot differently from how she looks in person. You can stalk her there if you like!!

  11. notpretentious says:

    Doesn’t Nicole look like Elizabeth Montgomery? The one from Bewitched (tv show).

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Remember the crappy movie “Bewitched” with Nicole and Will Farrell?. I didn’t see the resemblance then, a teeny bit now.

  12. Ravensdaughter says:

    Nicole-Cate looked shiny. Maybe Nicole has backed off on the Botox.
    They both look really happy to be Down Under! Being happy always makes you look younger. Also, it really looks like they enjoy each other’s company. Good for them!

    Funny how Cate always gets cast as an Englishwoman, and Nicole as an American. I guess it’s because of where they live most of the time.

  13. gab says:

    Love them both! They are both beautiful. Looking good, ladies!

  14. Stubbylove says:

    Nicole’s outfit and styling are fabulous. So hard to say anything negative about Cate but WTF is going on with her shoe choices lately?? Maybe she’s having some feet issues…

  15. Jackson says:

    I think they both look good and are both beautiful women. I think Nicole looks better in these pics than she has in quite a while. Fabulous, in fact.

  16. blonde on the dock says:

    both gorgeous!

  17. Shontay says:

    Both are stunning. So glad Nicole looks more natural here. She does have the better outfit too.

  18. Rita says:

    I love this casual look on both of them!!!

  19. Carrie says:

    Nicole looks awesome.

  20. terrytoons says:

    I’d forgotten how pretty Nicole really is. I think she looks lovely here; and much more natural than she has for a while.

  21. Dawn says:

    Nic looks great. I love that outfit, she is stunning all the way around.

  22. Dee Cee says:

    Cate thinks she owns the golden goddess title.. and she is beginning to not care for good grooming, clothes that fit her well and tidiness matter.. and when photographed she resembles a depressed, peevish and bored Afghan Hound most of the time..

  23. Julie says:

    I think Nicole is just far more attractice. Cate’s face is not that pretty too me. Too long and skinny.

  24. Reece says:

    Two completely different styles and they both look great.

  25. Original Chloe says:

    ^ this

  26. Esmom says:

    This really is the best Nic has looked in a long time, she’s so much prettier when her brows aren’t pulling back toward her ears. And her hair is much improved.

    But Cate will always have the edge in my book. She’s so much more effortless in her style overall. As for her outfit, I even like her goofy sneakers.

  27. benny says:

    I think Kidman looks worse than she should, because of the botox and lip injections. But over-all, she still looks very good. And Blanchett looks great.

  28. eileen says:

    I’m not even going to look-Cate could wear a trash bag and she’d own it. Luff Luff her!

  29. Heather M (Heather) says:

    I think they both are awesome. I adore Cate as an actress (Shipping News!!!!), and LOVED Nicole in one of my all time favorite films, Dead Calm. They both are aging well in these photos. Cate is aging more naturally, but I think Nicole looks great, and I don’t mind people fighting the process; I certainly am! I think that horrid stage Nicole went through after Tom Cruise was the oldest and worst she’s ever looked. Now that she’s happy, she chilled out and it shows.

  30. Floridaseaturtle says:

    Wow! That is the BEST Nicole has looked in a long time. I love that she went back to her more natural red hair color. She might not have (any?) lip fillers in. She just looks soooooo much better, cute. Cate looks wonderful, but she always does.

  31. birdie says:

    Nicole looks very good! Love what she is wearing. I don’t really care that much for Cate though, but I like that she is with her husband. Look him up and you will see what I mean.

  32. lucy2 says:

    They both are beautiful and talented women.

  33. I think Nicole looks WAY better than Cate. I agree with many others above, Nicole Kidman looks refreshed and beautiful. Go, Nicole!!

  34. Susan says:

    There was a massive storm about to descend on Sydney during that Tropfest-hence the hair issues.

  35. Dredz says:

    CATE! I have lots of respect for her since “Elizabeth”. She usually looks so avant garde, those sneakers have to go though

  36. NinaG says:

    They both look a bit plastic and shiny and boring to me. I mean they are not ugly women, but there is nothing special about any of these outfits.

    • Bej says:

      They are both so shiny due to the humidity in Sydney during TropFest. As someone above said a storm was building & you can’t do anything about shine or frizzy hair in that weather

  37. Aiobhan says:

    Cate and Nicole look great in the face but I have to say that Nicole’s dress is better than Cate’s outfit. The shoes ruin Cate’s look. I will let her pass because I really enjoy seeing her and just enjoy photos of her whenever I get to see them.

  38. MB says:

    I agree with everyone who has said that Nicole looks the best she has in a long time. I hope she doesnt go back to the pulled-back-too-tight bleach blonde hair and her pulled-back-too-tight face.

    Cate looks good too althought I cant stand her outfit. Those shoes!

  39. Jane says:

    Nicole looks the better. Really stunning tbh. Cate usually looks effing amazing too but I hate to say it but Nicole outdid her in hair, shoes and clothes.

  40. erin says:

    nicole looks SO much better than normal here.

  41. original sandy says:

    both ladies are beautiful in their own way, but i like Nicole outfit on her, she does look a lot better, both very classy women.

  42. Luise says:

    Cate for sure. Can’t stand Nicole’s over processed look.

  43. taxi says:

    This is the 2nd event at which Nicole’s feet are whiter than the rest of her legs. does she run around in anklets? How about self tanning from the ankles down?

    Other than that, both look great! Cate is my favorite, no matter what she has on her feet.

    Agree that Nicole looks better with looser hair & not so blonde. Her red carpet, stick-straight-stuck-to-her-head-hanging-into-the-armpit look is unflattering. Makes her head look too small for her body.

  44. Chris says:

    Obviously Nicole. Kate isn’t famous for her beauty. She’s famous for her talent. Nic has both talent and idealized feminine beauty.

  45. Kloops says:

    Giving this one to Kidman, but as a general rule I vastly prefer Blanchett

  46. leslilly says:

    I think Nicole looks better, prettier in these pics. Cate has beautiful skin though.

  47. Lonnie says:

    I’d love to have a girl’s day with Cate and Tilda. Tea, lunch, the spa …

    Remember when Cate grabbed Michelle Williams’ ass at last year’s Oscars? Ugh, I love her.

  48. Shamozzle says:

    I know this is gonna sound weird, but I’d love to see that picture (thumbnail 5) in a side by side with Tom Cruise’s face…

    Maybe I’m in a haze today but there’s some weird vibe when I first saw the pic. LOL. Just sayin.

  49. L-o says:

    Cate looks fun to hang out with. Nicole would be a headache; she tries way too hard. Still looks botoxy, maybe just less than usual. Combined with the colored contacts, the boob job (nice nippies), the new mouth, it’s painful.

  50. blonde on the dock says:

    Interesting how no one refers to either one of these women as middle age.

  51. kelly says:

    They both look fantastic!

  52. Mara says:

    Two stunning women and very talented .

  53. Wow says:

    Nicole Kidman is one of the most beautiful woman in the world.

    Any comparison is unfair. To almost any woman.

    Cate is a great actress but never has been a great beauty.

    Not fair at all to compare.

    I’m surprised Care is past 40 years old, as she has given birth a year or two ago, no?

    • Jin says:

      Any comparison is unfair? What are you talking about? You mean she WAS one of the most beautiful women. Now she looks like a scary mannequin. A comparison would be unfair in terms of someone being compared to her when people realize they’ve botched their face with botox and collagen injections too!

  54. Jin says:

    Let’s face it Nicole’s face is ruined for life. Sure she looks better here than she normally does, but before she started botoxing her face to death she was a real beauty and should have allowed that beauty to age.

    Love the dress though.

  55. Thea says:

    Not really familiar with Cate ,(not Aussie, i’m Asian-that’s my excuse)she’s funky,but her shoes needs to go.

    Kidman have always chosen age-appropriate clothes these last few years, (except that “Golden Globes” Versace edgy gown this year)But she looks happy in these latest pics, and I like that slit in her dress,of course…. my vote goes for Nic.

  56. Karma says:

    I like that Cate is usually a bit different in her style. The shoes…meh…but it fits her. And clearly she is going for comfort on what looks to be a long day.

    Nicole always looks good as well. Since she has been showing a more laid back style in recent paparazzi photos. She probably wanted to show some contrast and dress for the event but still be comfy in such a loosely fitting dress. Either way, I miss her curls too and it’s nice to see a touch of them here. My husband and I saw Days of Thunder the other day and were commenting on her hair.

    They both looked great.