Social media users are convinced they’ve uncovered a “feud” between two big Australian stars

A series of sarcastic tweets from Guy Pearce to fellow Oscar nominee and fellow Australian Cate Blanchett have fans whispering about tensions between the two stars.

After Blanchett won a Critic’s Choice for her performance as orchestra conductor in the film Tar, Pearce wrote in a now-deleted tweet that it was an “intriguing choice.”

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In another tweet, it was clear that Pearce was keen for Ana de Armas, who played Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, to win the award instead.

When the Celebrity Film Awards Twitter page announced the Critic’s Choice nominees, Pearce wrote, “Please be Ana De Armas! Incredible performance!”

Pearce took it a step further when he retweeted a bondage-inspired photoshoot of Blanchett from Twitter account TheWyzard with the caption “Ah no thanks”.

The tweets did not go unnoticed by the actors’ fans.

“I was dying to know why Guy Pearce has such a passive-aggressive beef with Cate Blanchett,” one person wrote.

“What did Blanchett do to Guy?” wondered another.

“Did you really have a fight with Cate Blanchett like others say or is it just sarcasm?” one fan added.

“Why don’t you support your compatriot?” asked another.

“What’s the reason, come on, let us know?”

Pearce then deleted his tweets and wrote: “Fear not. No beef at all.”

“I was just being sarcastic,” he added.

“I adore Miss CB.

“She’s amazing… one of our best!”

Guy Pearce and Cate Blanchett. Credit: Getty

It’s not the first time Pearce has apparently complained about Blanchett.

In 2008 he told The Age about a salary problem with Blanchett in her role as joint artistic director (with husband Andrew Upton) of the Sydney Theater Company.

Pearce was scheduled to appear in a play called Poor Boy, a co-production with the Melbourne Theater Company.

But when asked about traveling to Sydney with the show, he implied Blanchett wasn’t paying him enough money.

“If I’m not home, I might as well do something like a movie that pays a decent amount,” he said.

“I mean, it would be hard to say, ‘Sorry, I don’t want to do your film because I want to work in Sydney for three months for free.

Cate Blanchett in Tar. Credit: standard film company

“Ms Blanchett is fantastic, absolutely, but I have to make a living.

“Unless she wants to pay me what she deserves. If she does, it will be the highest amount STC has ever paid an actor, I guarantee it.”

Blanchett split opinion after a blunt acceptance speech at the Critic’s Choice Awards.

She described the awards season as “a televised horse race” and called the Best Actress category a “patriarchal pyramid” pitting women against each other.

“I would love it if we just changed this whole damn structure,” she said.

“Why don’t we just say that there was a whole series of female performances that concertize with each other and are in dialogue?

Cate Blanchett’s Critics Choice Awards speech divided. Credit: Steve Granitz/moviemagic

“Because, can I tell you, every single woman with a TV, film, commercial, tampon commercial – whatever – you all do amazing work that inspires me constantly.

“So thank you very much. I’m sharing this with you all.”

Blanchett received mixed feedback on the speech considering the number of awards she has accepted in the past – including two Oscars, four Golden Globes and three BAFTA awards.

The Morning Show’s entertainment editor Peter Ford called out the actress and tweeted: “I love Cate but she talks crap.

“If she’s serious, she’ll immediately ask to be removed because of the Oscars. Put your money where your mouth is.”

“If Cate was serious, couldn’t she have turned down the award?” another agreed.

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