Oscar's most overdue actress: Winslet is still winless
Let's assume that Kate Winslet gets nominated for the Oscars again next year, a safe bet considering she usually makes the cut whenever she's in a worthy film. Even though she's only 32 years old, she's already been nominated and lost five times — that's a record tally for someone her age. Voters adore her so much that she often gets nominated even when her equally compelling costars don't: Leo DiCaprio ("Titanic") and Jim Carrey ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
However, if Winslet gets nommed and is defeated again, she'll tie another record — Oscar's biggest loser among actresses — a dubious title currently shared by Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter. Biggest loser of all among performers is over on the guy side: Peter O'Toole (8 defeats).
This upcoming year Winslet has two shots at new bids. One is opposite DiCaprio as lover again, this time in "Revolutionary Road," director Sam Mendes' drama about a disillusioned suburban couple faking a happy life. The last time Mendes — who is wed to Winslet in real life — had a film with a similar theme in the derby, it won five Oscars, including best picture of 1999 ("American Beauty"). It almost won best actress too, but Annette Bening was eclipsed in the home stretch by Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") after Bening won the equivalent kudo at SAG.
Winslet will also be considered for her lead role in "The Reader" as a mysterious German woman whose secret complicity in the Holocaust gets exposed. The latter comes from the creative team that gave us the overhyped "The Hours" (director Stephen Daltry, scripter David Hare), which nonetheless swept up kudos galore in 2002, including lead actress Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA trophies for Nicole Kidman.
Winslet may be partially to blame for her tragic Oscar fate so far, considering she might have won in 1998 if she hadn't turned down a role that earned an Academy Award for Gwyneth Paltrow: "Shakespeare in Love."