Last night, at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett finally claimed her Best Actress Oscar for her schizophrenic portrayal of a New York socialite on the verge in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
She would give a rousing acceptance speech. She would pay tribute to her fellow actresses. She would tease Julia Roberts. She would champion women. She would slam filmmakers “who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences.”
“They are not,” Blanchett said. “Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.”
It was charming. It was heartfelt.
And then, in an attempt at not appearing ungrateful to the director who had put her in his movie Cate Blanchett made a fleeting acknowledgement to Woody Allen. “I’m here accepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. Thank you so much, Woody, for casting me.”
It was short and sweet. It was a moment that was met with tepid, almost hesitant, applause.
What you may not know, however, was that Blanchett had originally planned a far lengthier – though more cautious and considered – acknowledgment of Allen. We’ve managed to get our hands on a copy of Cate Blanchett’s original remarks. And here it is, an Uma & Joe at the Movies exclusive.
“I’m here accepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. (Any views or opinions presented in this speech are solely dependent on the legal standing of Woody Allen at this particular point in time and is subject to change if or when Woody Allen is ever charged with or found guilty of any of the crimes to which he is accused. I accept no liability for the content of this speech or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. I am not responsible or personally liable for any damages or other liability arising. I am not my brother’s keeper. I am just paid to do a job goddammit. They give me lines and I read them. Billie Jean is not my lover. Boy, I sure do love Michael Jackson. We all love Michael Jackson. Hey Phillip Seymour Hoffman died. That’s so sad. The state of drugs in this country is truly a concern. Especially when it robs us of such a great talent like my close and personal friend Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Woody what now? Oh yeah…) Thank you so much, Woody, for casting me.”