Cate Blanchett Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman During BAFTA Acceptance Speech

Posted Monday February 17, 2014 11:50 AM GMT

She’s one of the most-respected actresses in the industry, so it’s no wonder Cate Blanchett scored the Best Actress trophy at the 2014 BAFTA Awards last night (February 16).

The “Blue Jasmine” babe looked lovely as she took the stage and dedicated her award to her “Talented Mr. Ripley” costar, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Cate explained, "I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been a continual, profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence: the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett added, "Phil, your monumental talent, your unflinching quest for truth both in art and in life will be missed by so many people. You raised the bar continually. Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard. Hope you're proud."

And during her press room interview, Cate continued, "I don't think I'm alone in the room having been profoundly influenced by Phil and his body of work, but also who by he was as a person. He was the most extraordinary friend to so many people. His influence, I think...I mean, time will tell just how deep it was. If I could be half the actor he was in his unfortunately short life, I'll be very happy."

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