The most coveted night in Australian film, the AACTA awards, was held in Sydney last night and Cate Blanchett was awarded the top honour for her outstanding lifetime contribution to Australian screen.
The Oscar winner could not hold back her emotions at winning the ‘down-under’ homegrown ‘Longford Lyell Award’.
She broke down in tears when she reached the podium and dropped the ‘f-bomb’ to poke fun at herself for being so emotional.
“Oh I’ve become one of those ridiculous people who cries,” she said. “It is just a f***ing award.”
She said the Australian award meant so much to her and her love for the Australian film industry was strong and she was proud to be a part of it.
Cate looked every bit the Hollywood superstar as she walked the red carpet at the AACTA Awards in an elegant Armani floor-length gown.
“You literally put one step in front of the other then to look up and be given a career achievement award, I feel very old but I feel very honoured,” Blanchett said when she received the gong.
“The industry is something I just draw so much from.’’