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Cate Blanchett Toasts Women in Film in Best Actress Oscar Speech

03/03/2014 at 12:25 AM EST

Cate Blanchett has delivered an Oscar encore.

The actress has won her second Academy Award, taking home the statuette for Best Actress Sunday night for her bravura performance as a boozy, fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine.

While accepting her award, the 44-year-old actress celebrated a year that saw a wealth of roles for women in film.

“As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, great performances by women,” said Blanchett, who made sure to call out her fellow nominees one by one before ending with Judi Dench, who was not in attendance.

“She’s not here tonight because at the age of 79, her film was so successful that she’s in India doing a sequel,” Blanchett said, referring to Dench’s current project, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. “I mean, what a career that is.”

Blanchett also chastised “those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences wanna see them, and, in fact, they make money.”

She then quipped: “The world is round, people!”

A five-time nominee, Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress award in 2005 for playing Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.

On Saturday, she also snagged the Independent Spirit Award for best actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine, which was directed by Woody Allen.

This year’s Oscar field for Best Actress featured a pedigreed lineup of contenders, pitting Blanchett against three past winners and a five-time nominee: Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Judi Dench in Philomena, Meryl Streep in August: Osage County and Amy Adams in American Hustle.

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Jewel: ‘I Didn’t Build my Career on Looks’

Jewel: ‘I Didn’t Build my Career on Looks’

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5ecfAES 108721 Jewel: ‘I Didn’t Build my Career on Looks’SINGER Jewel is grateful that she hasn’t built a career on the way she looks.

The singer says it’s her voice — not her face or body — that has made her a success.

“I’m pretty lucky. I don’t feel my career has ever depended on how I look, necessarily. Certainly in this industry I’m photographed a lot and I’m on film a lot, but I think my fans have always loved me for who I am,” she said.

“It’s weird, I never thought a snaggle-toothed, big nosed girl from Alaska would [be considered 'hot']. But I enjoy it, especially as I’ve gotten older. I’ve just gotten more comfortable in my skin and I wouldn’t trade what I’ve gained in my aging for what I had in my youth … that insecure, scared feeling.”

“When I first came on the scene I was probably 15 or 20 pounds heavier and they said I was the chubby Renee Zellweger. And it’s a hard thing to live through, but I was very dedicated to not developing an eating disorder and very dedicated to not becoming a drug addict because, to me, they weren’t longtime solutions and you have to go on your journey and you have to find that love for yourself.

“What’s unique about you is also the most special thing about you. I was a scared, homeless kid that wrote in my journal and put it on a record and people said, ‘I like you. I believe in you. You move me.’ It’s a remarkable opportunity.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio Feels Like a Kid in Hollywood

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f73fAES 122648 Leonardo DiCaprio Feels Like a Kid in HollywoodLEONARDO DiCaprio isn’t getting big-headed.

The actor says that, despite his box-office successes, he still feels like the new kid on the block.

“I always feel like a kid in the industry,” he said.

“I always feel like, okay, I got my foot in the door and now I’m gonna run with this opportunity and do everything I possibly can to make as many movies that I feel aren’t getting made, or try and develop roles that are a little outside the studio system.”

Meanwhle, Leo is at war with George Clooney.

Sources say the pair have become bitter rivals — and and with critics panning Clooney’s latest movie, The Monuments Men, and Di­Caprio an Oscar favorite for The Wolf of Wall Street, George is furious!

“George thinks Leo is an ar­rogant punk who talks trash and surrounds himself with a bunch of brown-nosing toadies,” said an in­sider.

“Their feud has been going on for years, but it’s really heated up as Leo is about to unseat George as the new King of Hollywood.”

The famous pair have been at odds since DiCaprio, 39, dropped out of the 2011 drama The Ides of March, which 52-year-old Clooney wrote, directed, produced and starred in.

“They just couldn’t get along,” the source told the National Enquirer. “Leo stayed on as executive pro­ducer from afar while Ryan Gosling took over his role.”

The feud intensified when Clooney called out DiCaprio in a recent magazine inter­view, claiming he and his 50-something buddies beat Leo and his gang of yes-men at basketball by a score of 11-0 in three straight games.

“The discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what,” Clooney said. “I’m not sure if Leo has someone like that.”

“When Leo heard about George’s lame attempt at trying to keep him grounded, he was livid,” said the pal.

“It seems like everyone in show business is rooting for Leo to win Best Actor, except George,” said the source. “He wants to see Leo fall on his ass.”

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