Oscars flashback: When Cate Blanchett won for ‘The Aviator’

With Cate Blanchett back in the derby, ’tis time for us to recall her victory as Best Supporting Actress of 2004 (“The Aviator”) when she beat Laura Linney (“Kinsey”), Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”), Natalie Portman (“Closer”) and Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”). She was the fave to win. Portman had beaten her at the Golden Globes, but Blanchett rallied at the SAG Awards. At the Oscars, it was deliciously ironic that Blachett won for portraying the biggest winner of Academy Awards: Katharine Hepburn.

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