Cate Blanchett Oscars Acceptance Speech: 'Blue Jasmine' Actress Thanks Director Woody Allen

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Actress Cate Blanchett poses backstage with her award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for the film "Blue Jasmine" at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

After nearly a month of speculation about whether she would thank "Blue Jasmine" director Woody Allen in her Best Actress acceptance speech, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett referenced the embattled Allen in her remarks.

The will-she-or-won't-she debate began after Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, renewed allegations of sexual abuse against the "Blue Jasmine" director and writer in a February open letter that appeared in The New York Times. The claims first surfaced more than 20 years ago, when Mia Farrow made the allegations. Allen vehemently denied the charges.

Here is what Blanchett said in her acceptance speech:

"I'm here accepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. Thank you so much, Woody, for casting me. I'm truly appreciated."




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