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Blanchett receives New York tribute

Cate Blanchett has joked about how she never "expected to make a movie" as she was honoured at the New York Film Festival.

The Oscar-winning actress, who is hotly tipped for another Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen's new film Blue Jasmine, was joined by one of her sons as she flew in from London for the gala tribute at Lincoln Centre, where her film achievements were celebrated, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The 44-year-old recalled how her big-screen debut was as an extra in an Egyptian film, for which she was offered a small amount of money and falafel, adding: "The falafel never came, so I left."

She also admitted to the pressure of playing Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, saying: " Well, she died and she couldn't play that role, and I was the schmuck who got that job."

As for her role as elf Lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Cate revealed: " I didn't know how to be an elf before I arrived in New Zealand."

The five-time Oscar-nominated actress also answered questions from the audience, revealing that Blue Jasmine is her favourite film role because "it felt like it was a culmination of my work in theatre and my work in film, so it was satisfying on a number of different levels."

Her Blue Jasmine co-star Alec Baldwin said it was a "great honour and such a great joy" to work with her, before filmmaker Woody appeared in a pre-recorded message in which he joked: " I'm sorry I couldn't be there tonight, but I find it impossible to sit through two hours of relentless adulation, especially for somebody else."

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