Backstage Interview | 86th Academy Awards

Actress in a Leading Role


BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
CATEGORY: Lead Actress
INTERVIEW WITH: Cate Blanchett
FILM: "Blue Jasmine"

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A.    This is an auction.  I am the highest bidder. 

Q.    Ms. Blanchett, back here.  I want to say congratulations.  And congratulations on a clean sweep of award season for this incredible performance. 

If I can start on a light note.  You speak to us so eloquent, but could you please explain that colorful hashtag you shouted out to Julia Roberts?
A.    It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts, and that's all I am prepared to say. 

Q.    Really?  Nothing else? 
A.    Yeah. 

Q.    Okay.  Congratulations. 

Q.    It's so wonderful.  You said you were determined to figure out a way to have fun in this process.  Could you possibly have fun on a day like today that meant so much, worrying about rain and worrying about Academy Awards?
A.    Oh, this city needs rain so badly.  I mean, you know, it's a little slight inconvenience when you're wearing a dress, but it's so good for the reservoir.  So, no, I didn't worry about that.  And I had the most phenomenal massage this morning. 

Q.    (Moderator)  86 and then back to 151. 

A.    Only 86, Jesus.  I'm worth a little bit more than that, but anyway.  All right. 

Q.    So, tonight is in a way an Aussie landslide because you and Catherine Martin are sharing the spotlight.  Can you just talk about that great win for her and now ‑‑
A.    Oh, look, the creative industries in Australia are phenomenally wealthy with talent.  And CM is an incredible talent.  I suppose the only thing is that you don't want to constantly export the talent.  You want it to continue to be able to return home and work. 

And the powerful thing about the creative industries in Australia is that they go overseas and it's wonderful acts of self diplomacy, of self power, but it's also a huge economic driver domestically.  And I think, you know, you have to remember that at moments like this, that this is, you know, something that happens internationally, but that talents like CM, like Baz, they return home to continue to do what they do and it enriches what happens both in Australia and internationally and, you know, me, too. 

Q.    Congratulations.  And can you take us through your morning?  And also how you chose that beautiful dress? 
A.    I looked at all of the dresses and I thought which one is the heaviest?  And I put this one on.  No, I've had a long and very, very creative relationship with Mr. Armani and I had the great, good fortune of being a princess this morning and having three things to choose from, and I chose this one.  My morning began with being pummelled like Kobe beef.  And it's just got better and better. 

Q.    Yeah.  Hi, Cate. 
A.    Welcome. 

Q.    Thank you.  I want to congratulate you also.  Beautiful words that you've given about Australia ‑‑
A.    I can't remember a thing I said, but thank you. 

Q.    You can go back to it.  But I want to ask you about the fact that you are the first Australian actor/actress ever to win two Oscars. 
A.    And don't you fucking forget it. 

Q.    I want to ask you, what are your hopes in continuing to challenge yourself in acting?
A.    Maybe it's time to stop.  Look it's ‑‑ roles like this don't come along very often, and as I think I said, or I hope I said, or I imagined I said, that it was a real synthesis for me of the long, deep connection I've had with the theatre.  And the kind of often sort of intangible connection I've had to film.  And I think Woody Allen and the script that he wrote provided me that forum to kind of make that synthesis happen.  You know, someone who is ‑‑ had a very fragmented sense of self.  I mean, I don't think I could have approached that in as bold a way as perhaps I did risking for a year as I did without having worked with the folks at the Sydney Theatre Company as intensively as I have. 

Is that enough?  Surely there's someone else that you can feed on. 

Q.    On your left.
A.    Sorry, I'm a bit dyslexic.
Q.    On your left.  So first of all, congratulations.  And I just want to know what would be the first thing you would do tonight after this awards season, right?  Is there anything you are really looking forward to? 
A.    Well, I called the children.  My youngest has stopped vomiting, so that's good.  I say I called, but that's a bit predictable.  Probably getting into my pajamas, but I'm hopefully going dancing.  But remember, it's easy to dance in your pajamas.  So yes, I'll say that. 

Q.    You went into the night tonight considered the frontrunner.  I know.  So how does that affect the way you come into the show?  Does it put anymore pressure on you?
A.    Yes. 

Q.    What kind of pressure does it put on you?
A.    What kind of pressure?  An intense, unbearable pressure which I'm so glad is over.  I mean, look, it has been every year.  And having been in theatre primarily for the last six years, I can say this objectively.  Every year I watch this thing remotely, and every year there are 5, 6, 10, 12, 20 performances by women that I am gobsmacked by and inspired by.  And you know, it gets whittled down to five ‑‑ is it five of us?  And I mean, to be in conversation with those women, you know, by proxy, because we are all crammed together into one category, I mean, that's the privilege.  And the rest is just chocolate. 

Q.    Thank you so much and congratulations.

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