Kate Winslet’s CV offers up a long list of fine performances, in fact she is the youngest actress ever to receive six Oscar nominations at the age of 33. This week sees her return to the big screen, so we’ve taken a look back at some of her best movie performances.
The actress is definitely one of the darlings of Hollywood, consistently fantastic, choosing interesting roles and delivering one-of-a-kind performances.
This week has saw the release of The Dressmaker, a film she stars in alongside Liam Hemsworth. In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly (Winslet) returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.
Here are some of our favourite performances from Kate Winslet:
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Winslet hit the jackpot on her very first film audition, winning a co-starring role in director Peter Jackson’s breakthrough feature, Heavenly Creatures. The story is based on the early life of convicted killer-turned mystery writer Anne Perry and tells the story of a teenage girl whose obsessive fantasy life and friendship with another troubled adolescent leads them both to murder.
At the age of 17, Winslet proved she was one to watch. Her performance as an imaginative and obsessive school girl was without question, disturbing and effective.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Playing a free-spirited eccentric with a variety of hair colours, Winslet’s Oscar-nominated role in Michael Gondry’s sci-fi take on a breakup was an unexpected career move. She proved the perfect casting and showed herself to be impressively versatile. As Clementine she commands the screen, creating a character that is irresistible but mad.
Regardless of whether you believe Winslet’s performance in the beloved James Cameron is her finest, it’s by far one of the best-known and highly recognised of her career. The movie, now considered one of the most classic love stories of all time, became the first film to ever gross more than $1 billion at the box office. After the hype Winslet promptly ran away from Hollywood as fast as she could to pursue a couple of small-scale passion projects and regain her bearings as an actress, while safely out of hype’s way.
Little Children (2006)
Winslet gives a tough-minded, rigorous performance as an intellectual, young woman trapped by her vapidity, which saw her earn another Oscar nomination. The drama, based on Tom Perotta’s novel of the same name, was directed by Todd Field and was well received by critics – even earning a an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
The 2008 drama, based on the 1961 novel of the same name, marks the second collaboration between Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Winslet. The film follows the two as a couple stuck in a rocky and tumultuous marriage. The brutal dynamic between the pair allowed for a range of uncomfortably well-observed martial arguments which come to head in a horrifically-worded showdown. It’s another wrenching performance of two people trying not to drown.
The Reader (2008)
Her gutsy performance as Hanna Schmitz, a 36-year-old woman who has an affair with a 15 year old in 1958 Germany, earned glowing reviews and finally earned Winslet her Best Actress Oscar.