Cate Blanchett’s Blue Jasmine Birkin Bag Cost More Than the Film’s Entire Costume Budget

Cate Blanchett

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 03/02/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET

Cate Blanchett’s searing Blue Jasmine performance may have placed her at the front of the line for the Best Actress Oscar, but it seems she failed to make a fan of the film’s costume designer.

Picking up a best actress award at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards for her role as Jasmine, a socialite gone bankrupt thanks to her felonious husband, Blanchett was asked about Blue Jasmine’s appeal to both indie and mainstream audiences.

“[Woody Allen] constantly does that with his films, she said, also noting, “He always works on a shoestring.”

For instance, “That Birkin that I was carrying was worth more than [designer] Suzy Benzinger s entire costume budget, and I kept throwing it on the ground. She was having conniptions as I was doing it.”

Blanchett continued. “I love the process with the costume designer of charting your character’s journey through [fashion].”

During her acceptance speech at the Audi and Dark Horse Wine-sponsored Indie Awards event Saturday, Blanchett also said Blue Jasmine “proves that audiences are interested in stories led by women, and that they can in fact make money.”

• With reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA

The 86th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs Sunday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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