In addition to thanking her family, costars, agent and publicist in her Oscar speech, Cate Blanchett also used her time at the podium to offer some sociopolitical commentary.
“Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences,” said the “Blue Jasmine” star. “They are not [niche experiences]. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”
She elaborated on this point backstage.
“Every year I watch this thing remotely, and every year there are 5, 6, 10, 12, 20 performances by women that I am gobsmacked by and inspired by,” she told the journalists in the press room. “And you know, it gets whittled down to five … And I mean, to be in conversation with those women, you know, by proxy, because we are all crammed together into one category, I mean, that’s the privilege. And the rest is just chocolate.”
Blanchett’s comments do have some validity. “Frozen,” “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” each films with female leads, made the list of best internationally grossing films of 2013. In 2012, that list included “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and the first “Hunger Games.”