It's a safe bet that most viewers of the
Blanchett is a longtime veteran of the critically acclaimed company -- she has not only acted in numerous productions there but also served as co-artistic director with her husband, Andrew Upton, for several years. (The
Blanchett's shout-out to her theater compatriots was more than a perfunctory salute. "And finally, I would like to thank every single member of the Sydney Theatre Company, one of the great theater companies in the world," she said. "And not only working with you for the last six years has been the most enormous privilege of my career but it's made me a better actress."
In past Oscar ceremonies, theater careers have served as important points of reference for winners and nominees alike:
Geraldine Page: Upon accepting the best actress Oscar in 1986 from presenter F. Murray Abraham, Page paid tribute to New York's Mirror Repertory Company, which the actress helped to found in 1983. Both Page and Abraham had appeared in the company's productions of classic plays that were produced in rotation. (Page won the Oscar -- her first after seven nominations -- for "The Trip to Bountiful.")
Ralph Fiennes: The British actor didn't win for his role in "The English Patient," but from his seat, he flashed a barely legible, handwritten sign to the TV camera that read "Hello, Ivanov Babes" -- a reference to his role in a production of "Ivanov" by Britain's Almeida Theatre.
Tom Stoppard: Upon winning an Oscar for the screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love," the acclaimed playwright thanked his theatrical agent Ken Ewing. "I sent him my first play 38 years ago and we're still here," said Stoppard.
Ellen Burstyn: The actress wasn't present to accept her Oscar for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" in 1975 because she was starring in the Broadway production of "Same Time Next Year." (Director