Saturday 17 March 2018

Kate Winslet’s perfect Emmy speech... it’s all a matter of practice

Kate Winslet accepts the Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in
Kate Winslet accepts the Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in "Mildred Pierce"

Kate Winslet has perfected the art of the breathless, humbled acceptance speech during her many awards ceremony appearances.

"This, really, I feel like had nothing to do with me - it was all you," she said, gesturing to the crew and cast of her HBO drama Mildred Pierce.

But she has had plenty of time to practise. As she collected her Oscar in 2009 for The Reader, Winslet admitted that she had been doing so since she was a child.

"I'd be lying if I hadn't made a version of this speech. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into a mirror," she said.

And just like her Emmy acceptance speech, the 35-year-old ensured that she cited the names of those she felt made an equal - if not greater - contribution.

Her outstanding lead actress role for the remake of Mildred Pierce - which originally starred Joan Crawford - was her first Emmy win, after a nomination for her guest role in Extras in 2006.

It had been one of the few major awards missing from her cabinet, following a further round of success two years ago when she landed two Golden Globes, a Bafta and the longed-for Oscar - which came at the sixth attempt.

Winslet has come a long way since starring opposite the Honey Monster in an advert for breakfast cereal.

That job, when she was 11, was her professional debut but she came from a family who were used to performing.

Both her parents - father Roger and mother Sally - were actors and her grandparents ran a theatre in her home town of Reading, Berkshire.

After attending drama school, she got her first big break when she was cast, aged 17, as an obsessive teenager in Heavenly Creatures.

A year later, her role in the period drama Sense And Sensibility was rewarded with both a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination.

But she hit the Hollywood big time with her role in the blockbuster Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

That performance saw her recognised again by the Academy with a nomination.

Off-camera, she married assistant director Jim Threapleton, whom she met on the set of one film, Hideous Kinky, and the pair had a daughter, Mia, in October 2000.

They divorced in 2001 and she went on to marry Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes two years later to become one of Hollywood's power couples. They had a son, Joe, in 2003.

Winslet went on to take acclaimed roles in The Life Of David Gale, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Finding Neverland.

She and Mendes worked together on Revolutionary Road in 2008, but they have acknowledged the difficulties of mixing their personal and professional lives.

The couple announced they had separated "amicably" in early 2010 and she went on to date Burberry model Louis Dowler later that year.

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