Today – 5th October – is the 36th birthday of one of my favourite actresses, the Oscar-winning Kate Winslet.
Winslet has had a very succesful career so far and has been nominated for many, many awards. At the 81st Academy Awards, held in February 2009, Winslet won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role statuette for her performance in Stephen Daldry’s The Reader.
Before that, Winslet was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role statuette for her performances in Little Children (2006), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Titanic (1998). She was nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for her performances in Iris (2001) and Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Instead of listing my favourite Winslet roles, I’m going to list the ones I haven’t seen her in but want to:
1. The Reader (2008)
This was on my ‘to watch’ list but I missed it. IMDb’s synopsis is: ” Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.”
Starring Ralph Fiennes as the older Michael and David Kross as the young Michael, as well as Winslet’s nomination (and subsequent win) for Best Actress, the film was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.
2. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Winslet’s big screen debut, Heavenly Creatures holds an impressive 95% over at Rotten Tomatoes. From director Peter Jackson, the film is based on a true story, the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand. The film deals with the obsessive relationship between Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet Hulme (Winslet), two teenagers who murdered Parker’s mother.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
I never saw this at the cinema, partly because Jim Carrey was in it and I’m not really a fan of his. However, Michel Gondry’s flick received rave reviews and Winslet was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. I may have seen parts of it on DVD but I’m not sure – I think it’s time to give it another go.
- Have you seen any of these films? How would you rate Winslet’s performance?