Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Kate Winslet is awesome at everything. Most of you know her from Titanic (1997), but she established herself even before her famous role as Rose Dawson. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Sense and Sensibility (1995). You will notice that Academy Award Nominations and other acting accolades are a reoccurring theme for this post. Kate Winslet is ungodly hot, wildly talented, and one of the most successful actors of all time. She is 33 years old by the way.

She is probably cheating like baseball players and taking all kinds of steroids. We would have no way of knowing if she did however. If Congress was asking questions of her steroid abuse like they did Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire she would convince them she never used the stuff, and that all Americans need 3 copies of Titanic. She could have the steroid needle hanging out of her arm and make us believe she never touched the stuff.

Of course steroids have nothing to do with acting, but you get the idea. This past month at the Academy Awards Kate Winslet grabbed her first golden Oscar award on her sixth nomination. She is the youngest actor ever to receive a second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth Academy Award nomination. Did I already say she is only 33? At this pace she could be the most decorated actor of all time.

Not to mention she won a Grammy too. Believe it or not she is not actually a singer. She won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children as a voice in the story Listen to the Story Teller.

The greatness of Kate Winslet is clearly defined by her next accomplishment. She won the Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Lead Actress in the same year....for two different films! She won the Golden Globe for Revolutionary Road and her first Oscar for The Reader. It is only the second time in history an actor won a Golden Globe as a Lead Actress and then was not even nominated for an Academy Award for that same role. (Academy rules state actors can only be nominated for one role)

Strangely enough her role in The Reader was considered a Supporting Role to Golden Globe voters, and they have no rules against multiple nominations for one actor. So who do you think won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress? I’m sure by now you know not to bet against Kate. Yep, she won that too. She took home two Golden Globes at this year’s awards show.

I have seen both The Reader and Revolutionary Road, and recommend you see both. I was moved especially by her role as Hanna Schmitz in The Reader. She plays a German woman dealing with problems stemming from her role in helping the Nazis during World War II. The film is an emotional masterpiece. Both performances show her wide range of acting talents, and her awards are proof of that.

Kate Winslet has established herself as one of the all time great actors at such a young age. By doing so she has set herself up to become one of the greatest of all time. She has already won so many awards. Go to Wikipedia.com and check out her filmography (A list of all her work). It is littered with close to a hundred different awards and nominations in her lifetime. Next time you hear Kate Winslet is in a film, you have to know it is worth your time. Now I’m out of here, I’ve got two more copies of Titanic to buy.

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