Cate Blanchett Dedicates BAFTA Award to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Video)
The "Blue Jasmine" star calls her friend "an actor who has been a continual, profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence."
Cate Blanchett paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman during her BAFTA Awards acceptance speech on Sunday night.
The Blue Jasmine star, who starred with Hoffman in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, used most of her time onstage to remember her friend.
"I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been a continual, profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence: the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman," Blanchett said to applause from the audience.
She went on to praise the actor, who died Feb. 2 at age 46.
"Phil, your monumental talent, your generosity and your unflinching quest for the truth both in art and in life will be missed by not only me but by so many people not only in this room and in the industry but the audiences who loved you so dearly," Blanchett said. "You raised the bar continually so very, very high."
She ended by saying: "Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard. Hope you're proud."
Hoffman was found dead with a needle in his arm in his New York City apartment. Cops also found several envelopes of heroin, used and unused syringes and prescription drugs.