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Cate Blanchett celebrates winning Best Actress for 'Blue Jasmine' at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. — Reuters picCate Blanchett celebrates winning Best Actress for 'Blue Jasmine' at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. — Reuters picLONDON, Feb 17 — Australian movie star Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Actress at Britain’s top film honours yesterday for her portrayal of a riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen’s tragic comedy "Blue Jasmine".

Blanchett, 44, was favourite to win the prize and is favourite to pick up the same award at the Academy Awards on March 2. She dedicated the award to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an apparent drugs overdose two weeks ago. — Reuters

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