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Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett will be honored at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Modern Master Award.

“Cate Blanchett is the most consummate actor,” says fest head Roger Durling, “and portraying Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan in the same year — and so indelibly — is pure alchemy.  We’re so eager to honor her in the upcoming festival."

She’ll accept the award — previously given to George Clooney (who hilariously broke his trophy when accepting it), Michael Douglas, Peter Jackson, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Diane Keaton, and, last year, Will Smith — on Jan. 28.

But she’s not only a master of the art of acting. Cate also has impeccable manners when dealing with silly questions on the red carpet.

At the premiere of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," she was asked the inevitable by one young scribe: "Where do you keep your Oscar?" She smiled sweetly and succinctly replied, "In my house."

When the next reporter queried, "Do you have any bruises from doing ‘Indiana Jones,’ " she replied, "Yes, but they are in places I’m not going to show you."

But the perpetually poised actress did talk at length about prepping to play Elizabeth, the queen of England, in "Age" and iconic poet-singer Bob Dylan in "I’m Not There." Hint: It’s all about research. Watch the video.

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead