Best and Worst of the 2014 Academy Awards
Ups and downs on the telecast, as always
Best: Cate Blanchett's acceptance speech
"As random and subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, extraordinary performances by women," Blanchett said of her category of Best Actress, after nabbing it for her performance in "Blue Jasmine." And then she dug in to a cause, pointing out those "who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money." From the amount of applause and due to delivery." While talk of "Blue Jasmine" this award season have focused in on the accusations and counter-statements from Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow, Blanchett managed to keep even Allen's name to a minimum spin the focus on something positive and obviously dear: equality, with the numbers to back it.
- Katie Hasty