There were cheers all around when Cate Blanchett took out the Best Actress category at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).
The Aussie star was a firm favourite to win the coveted trophy for her performance in Tár, beating out the likes of Viola Davis, Danielle Deadwyler, Ana de Armas, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh.
“All of my fellow nominees, the conversation with you off the screen and on the screen have been nothing short of remarkable and we know that we’re just the tip of the iceberg,” Blanchett said in her speech.
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“Thank you to Focus and Universal for being such extraordinary partners. This was a very dangerous and career-ending, potentially, undertaking, so thanks for holding their nerve. It does take an army. No one stands up here [alone] – it’s the ensemble … So thank you.”
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Blanchett also thanked her family for allowing her to star in the film because it “really did take a lot”.
”It took me away from you enormous a lot. “Enormous a lot”, I don’t even know what that means,” she laughed. “But that was the state I was in. So thank you, darling, to my mum holding the fort and my four extraordinary children.”
Elsewhere in the ceremony, Aussie creative Catherine Martin won Best Costume Design for Elvis, which was directed by her husband, Baz Luhrmann. Elvis star Austin Butler also won Best Actor at the ceremony.
“This is truly extraordinary. To my fellow nominees, I am in awe of you. I am so grateful for all these times we’ve been able to spend together,” Butler said on stage.
“I want to thank the Presley family, I cannot thank you enough for your love. I hope I’ve made you proud.”
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