What idiots:

The Times – What Cate did next<br/> On the eve of Oscar night, serial nominee Cate Blanchett talks about the perils of the red carpet, the pleasures of motherhood and playing Bob Dylan

(I love Cate Blanchett. Slap a picture of her on the front page of your news website and I’m guaranteed to read it. Heck, even if it’s a sports story.)

But that first, unforgettable Oscar night experience was the funniest and the scariest and the most fun. “The very first time I went I was flabbergasted to see this load of people who are the seat fillers. There’s someone there to fill your seat if you have to go out of the room to the loo or something and obviously mine had rung ahead to find out what colour I was wearing. So she was dressed as me! That was really surreal. And I was so nervous, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just go and get a drink from the bar.’ I went out and they said, ‘That’ll be $10, please,’ and I didn’t have any money. So I couldn’t even get drunk. I had to wait until the Governor’s Ball to get a drink. Now I always take a purse with a lipstick and some drink money.”

They give these people how many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of swag just for showing up, but won’t give them a free chardonnay?