Cate Blanchett accepts the award for best actress in a leading role for "Blue Jasmine" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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It took Woody Allen to lure Australian star Cate Blanchett back to the silver screen, but her Oscar-winning turn as a disgraced New York socialite initially left the legendary director cold.Blanchett, 44, on Sunday took home the best actress Oscar for Allen's "Blue Jasmine" -- her second Academy Award in a decade.The Oscar nod capped a glittering awards season for Blanchett, who won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild prize for playing the neurotic Jasmine French -- her first major cinema appearance in several years.The Australian was the victim of one of the great upsets in Academy Awards history in 1999 when Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love" after an aggressive campaign by US studio Miramax, beating Blanchett's hotly-favoured performance in "Elizabeth".Until recently, Blanchett shared the STC directorship with her husband of 17 years, playwright Andrew Upton, with whom she has three sons.Blanchett's race to Oscars glory was somewhat marred by the revival of decades-old sexual assault allegations levelled at Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.
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