At this point Cate Blanchett is pretty much a shoo-in to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Blue Jasmine. Some people have been wondering how she’ll handle the acceptance speech considering the film was directed by Woody Allen, who is currently facing allegations of sexual abuse. Others are even asking if she should win the award at all. The controversy certainly didn’t prevent her from winning the BAFTA for Best Actress yesterday. Instead of talking about her director, however, she decided to spend her speech discussing the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
She explained that she wanted to dedicate her award to the late actor, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 46. The two starred together in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley. Blanchett called him “a continual, profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence.” She went on to say, “You raised the bar continually, so very, very high, and I guess all we can do in your absence is to try and raise it continually through our work.” She then gave her friend a heartfelt send off by adding, “Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard, I hope you’re proud.” It was short, sweet, heartfelt and extremely classy.
One of the biggest things I noticed after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was the overwhelming outpouring of grief from the acting community. The death of a high-profile actor is bound to inspire plenty of sadness and remembrance from celebrities and non-celebrities alike, especially since he was so young and left behind a family, but this death seemed to really affect actors in particular. So many actors had worked closely with Hoffman, because he had participated in so many different projects. But even those actors who hadn’t worked with him seemed to be incredibly affected by the loss and named him as an inspiration. So it’s lovely that Cate Blanchett chose to honor him in that way in a room full of people who were probably just as inspired and influenced by him as she was.