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Cate Blanchett Dedicates Her BAFTA To The Late Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Updated 02/18/2014 10:00pm
Cate Blanchett Dedicates Her BAFTA To The Late Philip Seymour Hoffman
Media Courtesy of Alpha Press

Robert Dominic Ventre II Staff Writer

For her performance in Woody Allen's dramatic comedy Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett took home the BAFTA for Best Actress Sunday night, February 16th. Blanchett chose to dedicate her award to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman: "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 and Hoffman had co-starred in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, where they became good friends. In a heartfelt speech, Blanchett said of Hoffman: "Your monumental talent, your generosity and your unflinching quest for the truth both in life and in art, will be missed by so many people." She went on to say: "You raised the bar, continually, so very very high and all we can do in your absence is try to raise it.” The film that earned Blanchett her award, Blue Jasmine, centers around a wealthy Manhattan socialite (played by Blanchett), documenting her fall from grace into abject poverty and homelessness, as well as her relationships with her sister and the men she meets along the way. As we previously reported, Hoffman was discovered on February 2nd, 2014, in his West Village, Manhattan office apartment with a needle in his arm and several envelopes of heroin nearby. Prescription drugs were also discovered during an investigation conducted by the NYPD. Medical examiners confirmed the cause of death to be an overdose. After Hoffman's untimely demise, Blanchett was seen paying an emotional visit to Hoffman's partner, Mimi O'Donnell, the following day. Blanchett also visited with the couple's children, and was spotted with several large shopping bags filled with toys to give to the three of them. As her speech at the BAFTAs came to a close, Blanchett gave Hoffman one final goodbye: "Phil, buddy, you bastard, this is for you. I hope you're proud."

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