Cate Blanchett Wins Best Actress At The Oscars, Tells Julia Roberts To '#Suck It'
Cate Blanchett won Best Actress at the Oscars and told Julia Roberts to “hashtag suck it” in her acceptance speech.
Blanchett, who won her second Oscar Sunday night, picking up Best Actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine, got a standing ovation when she got up on stage to accept her golden statue from last year’s winner of Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis. Blanchett gave a very eloquent acceptance speech, thanking everyone who worked on the film and graciously complementing her fellow nominees, praising Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Judi Dench.
But, one name she mentioned was Julia Roberts, who was not her direct competition – Roberts was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for August: Osage County. In a fun moment, Blanchett pointed to Roberts animatedly and said, “Julia, hastag suck it. You know what I mean?”
Audiences did not, in fact, know what she meant, and backstage Blanchett refused to reveal the backstory of her inside joke with Roberts, who howled from her seat as Blanchett accepted her award.
“It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts. And that’s all I’m prepared to say,” Blanchett said in the press room backstage.
Blanchett also used her time on stage to remind Hollywood that films with female protagonists, such as Blue Jasmine, are just as marketable and desirable as films with male protagonists.
“And perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them. And, in fact, they earn money,” Blanchett stated, earning a huge burst of applause, adding emphatically, “The world is round, people!”
Blanchett also thanked controversial Blue Jasmine director, Woody Allen in her speech, receiving muted applause from the audience. Blanchett acknowledged Allen shortly, saying, “Thank you so much Woody for casting me.”
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong