Kate Winslet has finally won her Oscar! After six nominations (the most nominated actor at the age of 33), Winslet finally triumphed. I loved her speech, especially the part where she asked her dad to whistle in the auditorium. After she got off the stage, she talked to the waiting international press. It really seems like the British journalists were just waiting to rip into her, looking for any reason to criticize her, judging from the headlines in the British press this morning.
Winslet herself brought up how disappointed she was with the way the British press has handled her victories throughout the awards season. When asked if she was expecting the same negative reaction to her Oscar speech that she got from her emotional, Angelina-forgetting Golden Globes speeches, Winslet said, “I really don’t care. I really don’t care. And, quite honestly, it makes me very sad that my own country can’t be pleased for the successes of their own kind in the way that America really seems to be able to be. So I really don’t care.” The Daily Telegraph has more:
Oscar winner Kate Winslet has accused the British of failing to support her awards success and said she wished her home country could be more like America.
Minutes after picking up the best actress Oscar for The Reader, Winslet said she was saddened by the negative British reaction to her gushing Golden Globes speech last month. Asked if the same people would dislike her Oscars speech, she replied: “I really don’t care. I really don’t care. And, quite honestly, it makes me very sad that my own country can’t be pleased for the successes of their own kind in the way that America really seems to be able to be. So I really don’t care.”
On stage at the Golden Globes, Winslet hyperventilated and repeatedly told herself to “gather” before forgetting the name of fellow nominee Angelina Jolie.
Backstage, she joked that she had perfected her “loser face” in case another actress won. “You have no idea how well I practised that face. It was a good face. I practised quite considerably, actually. Oh, yeah, you get good at practising that face,” she laughed.
The 33-year-old described herself as still “a little girl from Reading” and said she had chosen her evening gown, an assymetric, gun-metal grey design by Yves Saint Laurent, because she thought her mother would approve. “I just really liked it. I thought it was really elegant. And I thought my mum would think it was really pretty, and that’s why I wanted to wear it.”
From The Daily Telegraph
Good for her! The British press was really harsh about those Golden Globes speeches, when she just sounded like any other excited, thrilled winner. It’s a common theme with certain British actors, saying that America appreciates them more than their own country. I’ve heard Hugh Grant and Anthony Hopkins say similar things.
Winslet also explained the whistle that her father, Roger, let out when she was on the stage. Winslet said, “That’s the Rodge the Dodge whistle. Everybody in my family knows it, and he did it. I actually felt quite calm. I really didn’t think that I was going to win and I was amazed at how confident I felt. My dad did his famous whistle and somehow that made me feel much calmer.”
Later on in the press conference, Winslet said she was going to go to the Vanity Fair party and get hammered. I haven’t seen anything yet about her being falling-down drunk, but I really hope she got good and loaded – she deserves it!
Kate Winslet is shown outside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and in the Oscars Press Room. Credit: WENN