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REVEALED: The story behind Cate Blanchett's 'suck it' Oscars message to Julia Roberts

Cate Blanchett tells Julia Roberts to “watch her ass”.

Published 04/03/2014 | 07:38

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for 'Blue Jasmine' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for 'Blue Jasmine'
Cate Blanchett arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
Julia Roberts at this year's Oscars

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine at the Academy Awards, beating Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep.

When accepting her award, she humorously said “Julia, hashtag suck it, you know what I mean?”

When asked backstage about her comments, Cate remained coy.

“It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts," she told E! News. "And that's all I'm prepared to say."

At the Governor’s Ball following the ceremony, Cate refused to explain her comment further – but she did have another message for her friend.

“You watch it, Julia. I'm after your ass,” she joked in a video taken by Extra’s Jerry Penacoli.

Cate, 44, was clearly overwhelmed as she accepted her Oscar on Sunday night.

The Australian actress made a point of thanking every other person who was also nominated in her category, and took the opportunity to insist that films with a strong female cast make money.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Jamie Foxx (L) and Corinne Foxx attend the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Fassbender attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Actress Kate Hudson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Actress Jessica Biel attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Jared Leto attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Actress Anna Kendrick attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Ethan Hawke(L) and Julie Delpy attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Giuliana Rancic attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Ryan Seacrest attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Ryan Seacrest attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Ryan Seacrest attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Brooke Anderson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Shaun Robinson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Maria Menounos attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Maria Menounos attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personalities Johnny Weir (L) and Tara Lipinski attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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“I’m so very proud that Blue Jasmine stayed in the cinemas for as long as it did. And thank you to Sony Classics, to Michael and Tom for their extraordinary support,” she said. “For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”

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