It is Blanchett's second Oscar win, following supporting honors for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's 2004 movie "The Aviator." She was also nominated for "Elizabeth," "I'm Not There," "Notes on a Scandal" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."
The Oscar comes on the heels of a virtual awards-season sweep for Blanchett. She won the Golden Globe and
"You already decide when Woody calls that you're going to do it, but I went through the charade and said, 'Absolutely. I'd love to read it,'" Blanchett, 44, told The Times last year. "So he sent it, and I was just gob-smacked. He asked me to call him as soon as I read it, which I did the next day, and then it was a really short call. You could count the seconds. 'See you in San Francisco. Thank you.'"
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