Without a doubt, one of my favorite actresses is Kate Winslet. She is the quintessential British actress, she is fearless, natural and does everything 100% and makes it great. I am excited every time I see a trailer for one of her new movies, and my anticipation is its highest. She frequently uses the term “ballsy” to describe her characters. The term “ballsy” could easily describe Winslet herself and her choice of films. She has never been stereotyped other than having a reputation for being great at what she does. When I decided I was going to choose my top 5 favorite Kate Winslet movies, I realized I had taken up a challenging topic.
Professionally acting since she was very young, her credits begin in 1991 when she was 16, and it would be just three years her breakthrough role come to her. A small independent film with a young director, Oscar winner Peter Jackson. The film, Heavenly Creatures would be a smash hit in the independent film world, and Winslet never looked back. Two years later she received her first Oscar nomination for Sense And Sensibility. The year after that she was the lead character in the juggernaut film, Titanic.
Since all of this, Winslet’s resume reads like the stats of a baseball Hall of Famer. Since her first Oscar nomination, she has received seven total nominations and one win for her performance in The Reader. She has 11 Golden Globe nominations with four wins. 8 SAG award nominations and three wins and finally 8 BAFTA nominations and three wins… All of these accolades in the last 20 years. These are accolades equal to some of the best actors and actresses in the history of the industry. With all that said, on to the list of my top 5 favorite Kate Winslet roles.
5. Mildred Pierce
The only role on the list that wasn’t theatrically released, the 5 part HBO miniseries was carried entirely and focused on Winslet. Kate was in every scene of the epic series, and her performance made everything right about the series, even better. Her ability to give the character a fierce personality and watch her become humble and almost broken shows the talent that we have come to expect every time out.
4. Steve Jobs
This role in last years biopic gave her, her seventh Oscar nomination and won her a fourth Golden Globe and her third BAFTA award. The part of Joanna Hoffman was a particularly challenging one for her due to a few reasons. First, this was the first time that Winslet had to tackle the difficult task of mastering Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced, back and forth dialogue. She passed that test with flying colors. The second difficulty was one that Winslet had learned to master the slight Polish accent beautifully. There would have been no debate if she had taken home the Oscar instead of Alicia Vikander.
3. Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road marked the second time she teamed up with extremely close friend Leonardo Di Caprio and first time working with her husband at the time, Oscar winner Sam Mendes. Movie fans everywhere had been eagerly awaiting Winslet and Leo to reunite on screen, and they did not disappoint. It proved to be the perfect choice for a reunion. They played anything but the perfect couple everyone remembered from Titanic, as well as showing how much they had both grown as actors and people. She won the Golden Globe for her performance in the leading dramatic actress category. It would prove to be a historic night for Winslet.
2. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Her fourth Oscar nomination would come in 2004 for her masterful performance as Clementine Kruczynski in Michel Gondry’s opus, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Playing opposite Jim Carrey, who was terrific himself, she pulled in what has been called one of the 100 greatest performances ever. The only reason she didn’t walk away with the Oscar was due to the buzz saw that year in the form of Hilary Swank. With an all-star cast, Winslet stood out, way out. Full Film Review Here
1. The Reader
There is no question this was her best role in my opinion. She finally took home Oscar gold for playing Hanna Schmitz. The incredibly moving and stirring story was made palpable by Winslet. The story of an eventually convicted Nazi war criminal and her intimate relationship with a young student who opens her up to all kinds of literature and stories are so compelling it leaves an indelible mark. Winslet’s performance is a massive reason for this. It is the fear her in her cap. One thing is for sure she’s not done churning out award-winning performances by a long shot.