And the Oscar goes to Cate Blanchett
Sit down you're too old to be standing! Thank youMr Day Lewis from you it exacerbates this honour toa – it blows it right out of the ball park. Thank youso much to the Academy, as random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great dealin a year of — yet again — extraordinary performances by women.
Amy Adams, everyting you do, but your performance in American Hustle blew my mind.AndMeryl (Streep) what can I say? Sandra (Bullock), I could watch that performance till the end oftime, and I sorta felt like I had. Julia (Roberts) , hashtag suck it! You know what I mean, andJudy Dench, what a career! And she's not here tonight, because at the age of 79 because she'sin India doing a sequel to her film. I mean, what a career that is, if I can hope. And me, I’m hereexcepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. Thank you so much,Woody, for casting me. I truly appreciate it. I’m so very proud that Blue Jasmine stayed in thecinemas for as long as it did. And thank you to Sony Classics, to Michael and Tom for theirextraordinary support.
For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it andperhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female filmswith women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see themand, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.
Thank you to my mum, to my sister, to my brother, to my three glorious sons. I would not bestanding here without you. To my husband, Andrew, you are a legend. Thank you to myagent, Hylda Queally, you’re behind the pillar somewhere up there. You are a goddess. To myagent in Australia, Robyn Gardiner, I love you so very much. To my publicist Lisa Kasteler.
To the sublime Sally Hawkins. And to the extraordinary cast of Blue Jasmine. I don’t knowhow to do this with other actors and this I share with you. To the hair and makeup people whosweated me up and tried to make me look attractive. Thank you for the attempt. To CarlaMeyer for getting Sally and I together and for incredible support. To Helen Robin. To everyoneinvolved in Blue Jasmine, I thank you so much.
And finally, I would like to thank every single member of the Sydney Theatre Company, one ofthe great theater companies in the world. For me, working on Blue Jasmine, it was a realsynthesis of my work in the theater and on film. And not only working with you for the last sixyears has been the most enormous privilege of my career but it’s made me a better actress.There is so much talent in Australia and Michael Wilkinson and C.M. and I are just tonight’s tipof the iceberg. Thank you so much. Thank you.