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Blanchett feared 'messing up' role

Cate Blanchett has revealed she was worried she would mess up her Oscar-nominated role in Blue Jasmine.

The actress, who already has an Academy Award for her role in The Aviator, is widely viewed as the front runner to take home the Best Actress gong.

Speaking on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where she was named Outstanding Performer of the Year, Cate said she knew the role in the Woody Allen film was going to be a big deal.

"I didn't want to screw it up because I knew there was an extraordinary opportunity that was presented for me and they don't come along all the time and I felt there was a door that was open and hopefully I opened it was wide as possible."

Cate has already scored a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance as the deluded and self-obsessed former socialite in the film, which also stars Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins, and she said she is delighted by the accolades.

"It's wonderful and it's been a remarkable year for performance so to be singled out is thrilling, they have clearly made a mistake but it is too late now."

The Lord of the Rings star also revealed how difficult it is to juggle her busy career with her role as a mother of three.

"The wheels are constantly falling off, you always feel as a working parent that things are held together with sellotape but I find the more grounded you are in everyday life the more the risk and adventure and catharsis is quarantined to your work, they are quite separate things."

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