Cate Blanchett Toasts Women in Film in Best Actress Oscar Speech

Cate Blanchett

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 03/03/2014 AT 12:25 AM ET

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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.”