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CATE BLANCHETT: Bob De Niro, I didn’t recognize you. Thank you so much. I was in such a state down there, kissed by Rita Moreno and Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts – this is extraordinary, thank you. I’ve been away from the film industry for a long time making theater – 29 seconds? Matthew McConaughey spoke about Neptune and I think… [laughter] I think five seconds…

Making theater work in Australia, a work of which I’ve been extremely proud. But I haven’t made a film for a long time. So thank you so much to SAG-AFTRA for welcoming me back in this way, I appreciate. For those who voted for me, I thank you. And for those who didn’t, better luck next year. [laughter]

It’s impossible for an actor to cobble together a performance without other actors to work with, without words, without someone to help you modulate your performance, without the costumes, without the lights. So I have to thank Javier and for Will who kept the thing in focus. For Suzy Benzinger who made the – please wrap up, yes, okay, I’m on Mars at the moment. [laughter]

For getting the costumes together on a dollar ninety-nine. For Santo, for the extraordinary spaces in which we worked. And for Woody, for writing role after role after role for women, and then giving them the space to create them. And thank you so much, Woody. [applause]

And to the remarkable cast, theater animals to a man. I’m so grateful to have worked with such an incredible supporting – supportive, generous ensemble. And Sally [Hawkins], I’m very lonely up here without her, this is half yours, the penis part. [laughter]

And, finally – I am going to wrap up – but I have been married for 17 years. I have been with my agent for 17 years, and I’ve been with my publicist for 17 years. And, perhaps, Hilda, Andrew, my darling, I wouldn’t be up here without you. And to Lisa Castella. Perhaps, in a way, those relationships are my biggest achievement.

Thank you so very much. [applause]