AACTA Awards 2024: Cate Blanchett dresses up as ‘Middle-Aged Barbie’ to present AACTA Trailblazer Award to Margot Robbie
Get Blanchett stole the show at this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards on the Gold Coast.
The actress took to the stage wearing a bright pink dress and a huge Sia-style bow on her head, describing herself as “Middle-Aged Barbie” as she presented the Award A trailblazer for him Margot Robbie.
Laughing in the crowd at the convention, Robbie then took to the stage after a star-studded congratulatory video message was played for her.
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“If you asked me growing up who my favorite actor was, my answer was always, and always will be, Cate Blanchett,” Robbie said after accepting the golden statue.
“I’ve adored you from afar for as long as I can remember. It feels so good to love you now so close.”
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Blanchett set her bow and pushed the star to more laughs from the audience inside HOTA (Home of the Arts) in Surfers Paradise.
Robbie, who grew up on the Gold Coast, said receiving the award on the same stage where she performed a “very bad dance” was a “quite circular moment”. appropriate in our interschool dance eisteddfod” 20 years ago.
Her mother and husband, Tom Ackerley, looked on proudly from the audience as she gave a warm speech about the value of dreaming big.
“I had big, big dreams as a kid and big dreams can take you very far but the love and support of your family and friends will take you much further,” she said.
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Although Robbie didn’t give Ackerley an individual shout out while accepting her Trailblazer Award, she did talk about their big year as producers – with hits like Barbie and Burn the salt – as their Lucky Chap production company celebrates their tenth anniversary.
“It’s fair to say we’ve just had the most surreal year of our lives,” she said.
Later, when you return to the stage to collect the award for the International Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Barbieshe gave a rare and sweet cry to her husband.
“I’d like to thank Ken the most of all – and I know Ryan [Gosling] I wouldn’t mind saying this – Tom Ackerley,” Robbie said.
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“Besides making this movie and running two successful companies with me, he’s apparently my husband and he’s good at it too.”
The famously private couple even posed for pictures together backstage
While Robbie has been parading a real Barbie look on the red carpet since the movie came out, this time it looks like she’s opted for pure “Movie Star Margot” – the wearing the crystal-encrusted Vivienne Westwood “pirate bride” dress from the late. British designer collection 1998.
Barbie also took home an International Award for Best Film and an International Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of Ken.
The biggest winner of the night, during the ceremony held by Rebel Wilsonit was an Australian horror film Talk to mewhich brought out three gongs on the night, including Best Film and Best Actress in a Film for Sophie Wilde.
The production also took out five technical awards earlier this week, giving them a total of eight AACTA Awards.
In the television shows, The News Reader Anna Torv won Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama for Anna Torv, and Best Children’s Program went to a local production blue.
Real-life couple actors Patrick Brammall and Harriet Dyer took to the stage to accept Best Narrative Comedy Series for their production Colin From Count.
During their touching moments on stage, Cal Wilson’s husband and Jock Zonfrillo’s wife accepted awards on behalf of their late husband.
You can see the biggest winners of the entire night here.