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Aussie star lets her tongue slip in response to a question from Fairfax Radio's Richard Arnold after winning her Oscar for Best Actress.
Blanchett scooped the best actress Oscar for her part in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, but she only just returned to her seat in time to take to the stage and receive the trophy.
Blanchett has now revealed she lost track of time while chatting to Roberts at the bar.
She tells E! News: "The blessing and the curse of this is it happens at the arse end of the evening and so you watch so many other extraordinary people get up there and you lose track of the fact that you're even nominated. And then you get taken by surprise, 'It's my turn', and I was with Julia Roberts in the bar for rather too long and just got back to my seat in time."
Blanchett's win etched her name into the Australian record books by becoming the only actor to have won two Oscar awards.
When asked about the feat backstage by Fairfax Radio reporter Richard Arnold at the Academy Awards, Blanchett replied jokingly: "And don't you f---ing forget it!"
Arnold said Blanchett's f-bomb on live TV garnered huge laughs in the room. ''It was a great little joke," said Arnold. "Here was Cate at a moment in history, [referencing] Geoffrey Rush and the others who have won one Oscar, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, the late Heath Ledger and Peter Finch. It was ribbing, a bit of elbowing.''
He added that Blanchett said as an Oscar frontrunner the pressure had been unbearable for months.
''It is a campaign,'' says Arnold. ''Even before the nominations, you're under the microscope for this entire period. There is a lot of pressure involved.''
Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress Oscar
Australian actress Cate Blanchett wins the top Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
As Arnold went on to question Blanchett about what challenges she now expected to face in acting, to which she replied: "Maybe it's time to stop."
The next day on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Blanchett confessed she slept with her Oscar statue. ''It's the closest my husband and I have ever come to a threesome.''
Blanchett was full of jokes as she appeared on DeGeneres' post-Oscars special show, wandering onto the stage wearily dragging the award in mock-hungover mode.
The pair joked about how they had managed to get home at about 3.30am, with Blanchett saying that she needed food after missing out at the awards.
"I went in the bar to try and get something to eat and then you were handing out pizza and they wouldn't let me back in," the actress said.
She also let audience members hold her gong, warning that it was heavy. ''Actresses don't work out. You want to win awards so your arms get really ripped,'' she said.
Blanchett admitted that she couldn't remember her touching acceptance speech in which she tipped her hat to the talent around her, especially the "extraordinary performances by women".
"I have no idea what I said ... as long as it made sense, did I dribble? ... I'm in the middle of hormone replacement therapy," she confessed to the talk-show host.
Ellen assured her she did a great job, telling her: "Your speech was great and you're right and people do want to see films with women and they do make money.
"... I just love that you speak your mind and you're so real and honest."
At 44, Blanchett's two Oscars and three other nominations in 15 years reflects both a searing talent and a boldness in choosing challenging roles.
Blanchett has shone in everything from the period films of Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age to the fantasy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a bold take on Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the ambitious romance of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the popcorn fun of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and now the post-global financial crisis drama Blue Jasmine.
The legendary Katharine Hepburn, (whom Blanchett played in The Aviator) won four Oscars. Only a handful of actors, including Ingrid Bergman, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson and Walter Brennan, have won three.
Now Blanchett has matched some true acting greats with two Oscars. They include Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy.
with WENN and Garry Maddox