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Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams Photos

Cate Blanchett and Michelle WilliamsCate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a mauve-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background

Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards

Five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen above chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations

Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes.

Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following:

  • Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998).
  • Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006).
  • Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
  • Best Supporting Actress for Todd Haynes' I'm Not There (2007).

Michelle Williams Oscar nominations

This year, Michelle Williams was a Best Actress Oscar nominee for her performance in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, co-starring Ryan Gosling.

Williams had previously been shortlisted in the Best Supporting Actress category for Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005), starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and featuring one of this year's Oscar ceremony hosts, Anne Hathaway.

Photo of Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams: Rick Slayer / © A.M.P.A.S.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett dress

Pictured above is Cate Blanchett wearing a sleeveless gown while on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre. Presenter Blanchett's off-hand remark about some of this year's Best Make-up Oscar contenders – "gross" – was greeted with quite a bit of laughter.

Rick Baker and Dave Elsey took home the Oscar statuette for their work on Joe Johnston's The Wolfman.

Additionally, Cate Blanchett presented the Best Costume Design award, which went to Colleen Atwood for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Cate Blanchett photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Michelle WilliamsMichelle Williams dress

Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams, donning a slinky white gown, is seen above on the 2011 Oscars' Red Carpet.

This year's Best Actress winner was Natalie Portman for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Williams and Portman's fellow nominees were:

See also: "'Blue Valentine' NC-17 Rating Irks Harvey Weinstein."

Michelle Williams photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.

GasLand movie director Josh Fox'GasLand' movie director Josh Fox and producer Trish Adlesic with anti-fracking activist John Fenton

'GasLand' filmmakers Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

GasLand movie director Josh Fox and producer Trish Adlesic, whose film was nominated in the Oscars' Best Documentary Feature category, arrive with a cowboy-hat-wearing guest at the 2011 Academy Awards.*

Also written by Josh Fox, GasLand shows how energy companies are stocking up on land throughout the United States. The reason for all that land-buying? Shale gas drilling through a controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing aka "fracking," which has been blamed for a variety of environmental and human health problems.

GasLand lost the Best Documentary Feature Oscar to Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, about the roots of the 2008 global economic meltdown.

* Update: The cowboy-hat-wearing guest is Wyoming rancher and anti-fracking activist John Fenton.

Photo of GasLand filmmakers Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic: John Selig / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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