Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The Reader : Kate Winslet's Oscar Award

Kate Winslet Oscars



After years waiting in the wings she stepped up to collect the award, presented for her role as a Nazi officer in the holocaust drama The Reader, having beaten Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Melissa Leo and Angelina Jolie to the accolade.

Not even an internet leak declaring she had won 48 hours before the ceremony could spoil Kate’s sheer joy at winning her first Academy Award.

The former pupil of the Reading youth theatre Starmaker called out to her parents Sally and Roger at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and asked her dad to whistle so she could spot them and he duly obliged.

“Yeah!” she shouted with delight, pointing them out, before composing herself to become the second Brit to win the coveted award in as many years, following on from Helen Mirren’s success in The Queen in 2007.

Clutching the infamous golden statuette, she gushed: “I’d be lying if I hadn’t made a version of this speech, I think I was probably about eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror. This would have been a shampoo bottle, well it’s not a shampoo bottle now!”

Wearing a stunning two-tone off the shoulder Yves Saint Laurent dress by Stefano Pilat, she thanked her husband and children for “letting me do what I love to do and who love me just the way I am”.

After her triumph, Winslet, who has previously been nominated five times for an Oscar, found time to mention her favourite local newspaper the Evening Post and The Retreat pub where her mum won the top prize for her pickled onions in this year’s contest, featured in last week’s paper.

“I feel like an unlikely hero,” she told a press conference. “I was not the privileged kid things like this could happen to.

“My mum won a pickled onion competition in the local pub just before Christmas and the Reading Evening Post sent me a picture of her holding her jar. Well, Reading Evening Post, here’s your next Winslet picture!”

The Oscar capped off an amazing start to 2009 for Kate who scooped a BAFTA for The Reader and two Golden Globes for The Reader and Revolutionary Road.

The night was a big success for the Brits with Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars including best picture and best director.




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