Cate Blanchett wins best drama actress Globe

LOS ANGELES - Australian Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe for best drama actress Sunday for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

She beat Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Kate Winslet ("Labor Day") in the highly competitive category at the 71st annual Golden Globes.

"It's been an extraordinary year for women's roles," said Blanchett, who returns to the silver screen in February in the star-studded World War II comedy-drama "The Monuments Men" directed by George Clooney.

Blanchett, 44, heaped praise on Allen, the absentee recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, saying he wrote and directed films "with such alarming regularity that we almost take him for granted."

"Thank you for calling me and not one of the other incredible women in the room this evening," she added.