Kate Winslet's resume is one that would make almost anyone jealous, At 33 she became the youngest person to receive 6 Academy Award nominations, Winslet has become famous for playing roles that explore the full acting spectrum; from Shakespearean tragedy to dark comedy while excelling in all of her roles.
Winslet came to fame for playing Rose DeWitt Bukater in 1997's blockbuster "Titanic". What most people don't know is that by the time she was picked for the role, she already had a successful career in Europe, appearing in movies such as "Heavenly Creatures", "Hamlet" and even getting an Academy for her role in "Sense and Sensibility".
With Titanic's smashing success, Winslet's career exploded, she received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Rose Dewitt. She would go on to receive Academy Award nominations for "Iris", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and "Little Children" before finally getting the Oscar for "The Reader"
Many believe that Winslet should've won the Oscar for "Little Children" in which she plays a modern version of Madame Bovary. In this perfect critique of suburban America, Kate overpowers the other actors way too much. It is clear to me that Winslet had already reached acting maturity while her peers had not.
Her role as Hanna Schmitz in "The Reader" is truly one of epic proportions. This role encompasses all of Winslet's strong points as an actress and shows us how she has truly quickly matured. She plays a woman who has an sexual relationship with a much younger man, who then disappears only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.
The nude scenes in this film never in any way feel vulgar, Winslet knows she doesn't have the greatest body in Hollywood, yet she has an incredible amount of self-confidence and makes it work in a way that is truly inspiring.
Kate’s talents are not limited to the silver screen. In 2000, she won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children; she recorded a song for the soundtrack for the movie Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), she also appeared in HBO’s mini-series “Mildred Pierce”, nominated for 7 Emmy awards.
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