Cate Blanchett Dedicates BAFTA to Philip Seymour Hoffman


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Cate Blanchett took home her third British Academy Film Award this Sunday for her leading role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, beating out fellow nominees Judi Dench and Emma Thompson. The actress spent almost all of her speech time honoring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. In her speech, Cate says that Hoffman's "monumental talent, generosity and unflinching quest for the truth" will be missed. "You raised the bar so very, very high and I guess all we can do in your absence is to try and raise it continually through our work," Cate goes on in her heartfelt speech. "So Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard, I hope you are proud."

Blanchett (who previously won the BAFTA for Elizabeth in 1999 and The Aviator in 2005) also picked up the Golden Globe in January for her same role in Blue Jasmine. The Globe, along with the BAFTA, are both strong indicators that she'll likely win the Oscar next month.

In the film Cate plays Jasmine, a New York socialite who loses her fortune and moves to San Francisco with her sister to rebuild. Regarding her role in the film, Cate says that Jasmine is a "profoundly deluded human being. Everything about her is constructed. Whether you’re privileged or not privileged,” she says, “I think we all live in a fantasy world, to a greater or lesser degree, and for me, that was the point of entry for her as a human being.”

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