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It Was a Good Weekend for Artful Cate Blanchett (BAFTA Acceptance Speech and '60 Minutes' VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2014 at 1:10PM

It was a good weekend for Cate Blanchett after a turbulent few weeks. The Australian actress, 44, won the BAFTA Best Actress award and made a strong appearance on "60 Minutes." Now, no one is going to take the Best Actress Oscar away from her. But that was not a foregone conclusion.
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Cate Blanchett with her award at the 2014 BAFTAs
Cate Blanchett with her award at the 2014 BAFTAs

It was a good weekend for Cate Blanchett after a turbulent few weeks. The Australian actress, 44, won the BAFTA Best Actress award and made a strong appearance on "60 Minutes." Now, no one is going to take that Best Actress Oscar away from her. But that was not a foregone conclusion.

First, Blanchett had to weather the Woody Allen scandal (when ambushed by Jeff Wells at her Santa Barbara tribute, she answered his Allen question with grace), and then she attended the New York funeral of her dear friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. But how to handle inquisitive press who were bound to ask questions about working with Woody? Distancing herself was one option. So she canceled a round of New York talk shows in order to mourn Hoffman and attend his funeral. 

And when Blanchett won the BAFTA on February 15, she dedicated her award to Hoffman. Not only was this a welcome tribute, but a smooth way of avoiding the de rigueur thanks to her writer-director, who she has thanked many times in the course of sweeping the pre-Oscar Best Actress awards. During Sunday's "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl, Blanchett admitted that during production on "Blue Jasmine," Allen left her on her own, which was not the most comfortable place to be. She prefers being able to talk things through with her director. And it was another way of saying, "I did this myself."

Check out video of her "60 Minutes" profile and BAFTA speech, below. In it, she says "Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard. I hope you're proud."

The full list of BAFTA winners is here.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, BAFTA, Cate Blanchett, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.