Cate Blanchett: Oscar nominee at a crossroads -- VIDEO

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Cate Blanchett never fails to exude grace and class on the big screen (Even her character’s epic meltdown in Blue Jasmine manages to maintain some shred of dignity.) Off screen though, the 44-year old actress is funny and loose. An epic photo shoot for this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly with fellow nominee, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o only seems to energize her as she heads into the final few weeks of campaigning for the Best Actress prize, which she has pretty much locked up.

The actress, who has been down this path before with five previous nominations and one win for her role as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, is an old pro but that doesn’t mean she enjoys every moment.

Take the red-carpet shenanigans and her recent outburst on the Golden Globes red carpet when E!’s Glam Cam panned down her dress while they were asking her a question: “What is that?! They say, “So how does it feel to be here?” and they pan the camera down. Hello? With Bradley Cooper and Ben Stiller they keep talking to them face-to-face. Why are you talking to my shoes.”

Blanchett, who will next play Lady Tremaine (The Wicked Stepmother) in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, has many projects in the hopper, including a script she’s been hoping to direct. Whether or not she steps up to do that is still very much a personal question she hasn’t quite yet answered.

“There is a reason there aren’t more female directors,” she says. “For me it’s that thing of ‘Okay, I do this film, but it’s 18 months of my life, and I have three children. How do I reconcile that?’ I still don’t know. It’s difficult to leap in with both feet when you have primal responsibilities.”

To read more of EW’s interview with Blanchett and Nyong’o pick up the latest issue. And if you want a reminder why Blanchett is nabbing all the accolades on this Oscar run, take a look at this exclusive clip. Just her withering glance alone is reason for celebration. In the scene, Jasmine, fresh into the throes of her descent, is drinking heavily with her new boss, a dentist played by Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) who is completely enamored with her despite her disheveled appearance and weak grasp on reality.

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