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Cate Blanchett: From awful to Oscar?

It's not where you start, it's where you finish, a beloved song tells us.

And that certainly applies to Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine." She is the heavy favorite to win the best-actress Oscar next month.

But the early going on the Woody Allen movie was terrible, she tells Lesley Stahl in an interview to air Sunday on "60 Minutes."

"First day, [Allen] said, 'It's awful. You're awful,' " Blanchett says.

She continued playing the role. "And it was still awful," Blanchett says. "Well, obviously, it got a bit better because ... you know, people have gone to see it."

Blanchett drew inspiration from a "60 Minutes" interview with Ruth Madoff, wife of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff.

"I think that what I got from ... that Madoff interview was the sense of shame, and I found that very useful," Blanchett says.

The interview airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6.

Stahl went to Australia for the interview with Blanchett and her husband, director-playwright Andrew Upton. Blanchett also talks about playing Blanche DuBois, and critics have seen parallels between that classic role and the title character in "Blue Jasmine."

Blanche wasn't an easy role, either, the actress says. "At the time ... you do eight shows a week, my hair was falling out by the end. ... I think I was just so exhausted by it," she says.

Blanchett is one of the most-respected actresses in the movies. She stars in "The Monuments Men." She won the supporting actress Oscar for playing Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." "Blue Jasmine" is her sixth nomination.

 

 


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