Best Actress winner honors “Capote” star as “a monumental presence”
Cate Blanchett paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman while accepting a best actress prize at last weekend's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for her performance in “Blue Jasmine.”
“I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been a continual, profound touchstone for me,” Blanchett said in an emotional speech. “A monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence — the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.”
“Phil your monumental talent, your generosity and your unflinching quest for truth both in art and in life will be missed by not only me, but by so many people, not only in this room and in the industry, but the audiences who loved you so dearly,” she added. “You raised the bar continually.”
Blanchett co-starred with Hoffman in 1999's “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” She attended the actor's wake and funeral in New York City earlier this month. Hoffman died at age 46 of an apparent drug overdose.
“Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard,” Blanchett said in closing. “I hope you're proud.”
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