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Cate Blanchet Says she is a better driver than Jaime Lee Curtis

By Lucía Murphy

Cate Blanchet Says she is a better driver than Jaime Lee Curtis

I drive better than she does, said the actress

Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis drove to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala together, and as Curtis presented Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance in "Tár," the two joked about who is the better driver. But Blanchett brought the energy to a fever pitch when she revealed that before her trip, Curtis had repacked her bag and walked out "in a bra and panties."

"We had this long conversation," Blanchett recalled.

"A discussion about whether I should put on my pajamas before driving back tonight. In the meantime, she tells me this thing about what I should wear, and she comes out in a bra and panties. That's why we almost missed tonight's event."






The two actresses worked together on Eli Roth's upcoming film, "Borderlands," which Blanchett shot before beginning Todd Field's psychological drama. Meanwhile, Blanchett was doing double duty by presenting the President's Award Actress Award to "The Woman King" star and producer Viola Davis.

Curtis recalled Blanchett asking him if he would present the award to her in her dressing room at the Variety's Actors Over Actors shoot. Curtis was paired with "The Banshees of Inisherin" actor Colin Farrell, who received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at the gala from his "Seven Psychopaths" co-star Sam Rockwell. Blanchett was paired with Curtis' "Everything Everywhere All at Once" co-star Michelle Yeoh, who received the International Star Actress Award.

Other highlights of the ceremony included "Elvis" director Baz Luhrmann, who presented the award for best performance to his lead actor, Austin Butler. Luhrmann recalled that the film closed at the beginning of the pandemic after Tom Hanks contracted COVID.




Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field presented the prestigious Vanguard Award to "The Fabelmans," which was shared by the film's director and producer Steven Spielberg, producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and cast members Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle, Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsch.

Davis delivered the penultimate speech of the evening, which was filled with hope for a better future for black actors in Hollywood. "I don't want people to thrive in spite of the business," Davis said. "I want them to thrive because of the business."

Other honorees included Brendan Fraser ("The Whale"), Danielle Deadwyler ("Till"), Bill Nighy ("Living") and writer/director Sarah Polley ("Talking Women").