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Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress

Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress at the Oscars earlier tonight for her performance in Blue Jasmine. She beat Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep.

“Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis,” Blanchett said to Daniel Day-Lewis who presented the award to her. “From you, it exacerbates this honor and blows it right out of the ballpark. “

In her speech, Blanchett also touched on the need for more films starring women. “[To the people who think] films with women at the center are niche. They are not….In fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” Blanchett also thanked Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen.

Blanchett won an Oscar once before, for her performance in The Aviator. 

Cate Blanchett: Oscar nominee at a crossroads -- VIDEO

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. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Sally Hawkins is rendered speechless by Oscar nom

It had been less than 24 hours since Blue Jasmine actress Sally Hawkins returned from Los Angeles and the Golden Globes ceremony when she was throttled with the stunning news that she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her turn as Ginger, Jasmine’s working-class sister who reluctantly takes in the former socialite when she shows up on her doorstep penniless in Woody Allen’s latest film.

“I’m in a state of overwhelm, so thrilled and delighted,” said Hawkins, who had just returned from an unglamorous grocery-shopping outing to find herself bombarded with phone calls from family, friends, and her emotional agent.

“I had just stumbled through the door with bags in hand, tripping over suitcases that had yet to be unpacked,” said Hawkins, who had yet to eat the lunch she had bought for herself.

The 37-year-old actress, best known for her work with British writer-director Mike Leigh, said that though she knew her time on set with Jasmine star Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen was special, she never at the time imagined it could lead to an Oscar nomination.
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Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes

It’s a hat trick for Cate Blanchett. Blanchett just took home her third Golden Globe — this one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama — for her work in Blue Jasmine. She beat out Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet.

In her acceptance speech, Blanchett kicked things off by mentioning the “few vodkas” she had “under her belt,” before thanking director Woody Allen and calling the Golden Globe awards the “heavy things that make your biceps look great.” Seconds later, when the wrap-it-up music started playing, Blanchett pondered, “Can people at home hear this music?” Either that …or they think celebrities are having a panic attack for no reason.

Check out the full list of winners here.

L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate

Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.

Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis picked up a few nods for T Bone Burnett’s score. Some categories were more evenly divided: Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen both got two Best Director acknowledgements for their work on Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Take a look at the complete roundup below.

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Cate Blanchett calls 'Blue Jasmine' her favorite role, gives hints about Terrence Malick film

If Cate Blanchett had a “gun to [her] head,” she would choose her recent turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, as her favorite movie role.

Blanchett plays a fallen socialite at the brink of her sanity. The Australian actress called it the “culmination of my work on the theater and my work in the film,” when asked by an audience member at the New York Film Festival tribute for her last night. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Butler' repeats at No. 1, 'Mortal Instruments' flops

For the second weekend in a row, Lee Daniels’ The Butler dished out major blows to the new arrivals at the late summer box office. The Weinstein drama, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, fell 31 percent to $17 million this weekend, bringing The Butler‘s gross to $52.3 million after ten days. The film isn’t raking in quite as much as 2011′s The Help, which had earned $57.2 million in its first ten days (though that film opened on a Wednesday, so that total accounts for only one weekend), and it won’t match The Help‘s $169.7 million finish. Still, if word-of-mouth keeps driving slim week-to-week declines, The Butler has a very good chance of reaching $100 million. Even if it just misses the century mark, the film will triple its $30 million budget domestically.

But The Butler wasn’t the only holdover to notch an impressive drop. We’re the Millers held up even better in its third weekend. The Jason Sudeikis/Jennifer Aniston collaboration fell only 25 percent to $13.5 million, which gives the pot smuggling comedy a smoking $91.7 million total. Millers is performing even better than Sudeikis’ and Aniston’s previous comedic offering, Horrible Bosses, which had earned $82.6 million at the same point in its run on the way to a $117 million final tally. Warner Bros.’ Millers won’t be able to surpass The Heat‘s $155.9 million gross to become the biggest comedy of the summer, but it could still catch up to Grown Ups 2‘s $128 million total — a phenomenal result for a film that cost $37 million. Sudeikis chose the right project to launch his post-SNL career. READ FULL STORY

As 'Blue Jasmine' goes wide, savor its secret weapon: It's the most topical movie Woody Allen has ever made

When you think back on the great Woody Allen films, they have so many different dimensions. They are dramatic (Crimes and Misdemeanors), they are hilarious (Bananas), they are touching (The Purple Rose of Cairo), they are dramatic and hilarious and touching (Manhattan), they are sublimely bittersweet romantic (Annie Hall), they are drop-dead clever (Zelig), they are darkly sexy and thrilling (Match Point), they are even cheerfully up front about their own lack of consequence (Broadway Danny Rose). But a word that virtually never springs to mind in connection with a Woody Allen film is 
”topical.” On rare occasions, he has tried to be topical, and the results haven’t usually worked out too well (e.g., his toothless satire of the new gossip culture in Celebrity, or every time he makes a reference to rock & roll). That’s not to say that all of Allen’s movies are unconnected to their time. One of the things I cherish about Manhattan is the way that it pinpoints New York in its transitional end-of-the-’70s moment, when professors were becoming yuppies, love and art were finding a rival in real estate, and comedy was turning into an assembly-line commodity. Manhattan is great time-capsule material, but it’s not exactly ripped from the headlines. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Butler' cleans up with $25 million, wipes the floor with 'Kick-Ass 2'

This weekend at the box office, a superhero comedy, a Steve Jobs biopic, and a Harrison Ford thriller all got served by a butler. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, to be exact. The Weinstein Company’s awards-bait drama, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, topped the chart with an excellent $25 million from 2,933 theaters in its first frame. Audiences issued the well-reviewed picture an enthusiastic “A” CinemaScore grade, which sets it up for a lucrative box office run as summer draws to a close.

The Butler opened in the same range as The Help, which found $26 million in its first weekend in August 2011. Like that film, The Butler tells a racially charged story that is playing particularly well with older women. According to Weinstein, crowds were 60 percent female and 76 percent above the age of 35. Winfrey’s presence no doubt helped lure in many of those ticket-buyers, as did The Butler‘s “inspired by a true story” cachet.
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