Cate Blanchett is one of the most extraordinary actresses of this generation. Still, with all her beauty and talent, she has a self-deprecating way about herself. For Blanchett, this is part of her appeal as an actress. While her talent and career choices have made her the movie star she is today, she is still not above making a joke of her celebrity. For these reasons and more, Cate Blanchett deserved the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2014 Academy Awards.

1. Cate Blanchett's Performance In "Blue Jasmine" Just Raised The Bar For Every Other Actress Who Comes After Her

While watching Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine", you immediately knew her performance was something extraordinary. The tenderness in which she held the beleaguered character of Jasmine to her heart; the way she weighed her words so every nuance was registered as important in moviegoers minds; the care she took in not allowing her performance to overpower those around her. This is what an Academy Award winning actress should do. Most of all, Blanchett knew that a woman-driven film was an important step in her career, and she stated so on Oscar night. "The world is round,” Blanchett remarked while clutching her Oscar. "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’re not! Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!”