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Tuesday 23 September 2014

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

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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'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 2: Cate Blanchett arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
Cate Blanchett arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
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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.

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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.

“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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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)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  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 Jennifer Lawrence 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 Rocsi Diaz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Rocsi Diaz 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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