It was a good weekend for Cate Blanchett after a turbulent few weeks. The Australian actress, 44, won the BAFTA Best Actress award and made a strong appearance on “60 Minutes.” Now, no one is going to take that Best Actress Oscar away from her. But that was not a foregone conclusion.
First, Blanchett had to weather the Woody Allen scandal (when ambushed by Jeff Wells at her Santa Barbara tribute, she answered his Allen question with grace), and then she attended the New York funeral of her dear friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. But how to handle inquisitive press who were bound to ask questions about working with Woody? Distancing herself was one option. So she canceled a round of New York talk shows in order to mourn Hoffman and attend his funeral.
And when Blanchett won the BAFTA on February 15, she dedicated her award to Hoffman. Not only was this a welcome tribute, but a smooth way of avoiding the de rigueur thanks to her writer-director, who she has thanked many times in the course of sweeping the pre-Oscar Best Actress awards. During Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl, Blanchett admitted that during production on “Blue Jasmine,” Allen left her on her own, which was not the most comfortable place to be. She prefers being able to talk things through with her director. And it was another way of saying, “I did this myself.”
Check out video of her “60 Minutes” profile and BAFTA speech, below. In it, she says “Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard. I hope you’re proud.”
The full list of BAFTA winners is here.