Kate Winslet has been acting for more than two decades but remarkably for her, it doesn’t seem like it. This is primarily because of her ability to disappear into the characters that she portrays, that even though are all shades of sentiment, never cease to endear.
It is her birthday today and we decided to present to you a countdown of her 5 best performances. To choose from an oeuvre as rich as hers was a difficult task and hence we have decided to focus solely on her performances in movies.
Here we go.
5. Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic
When Titanic released in theatres, Leonardo DiCaprio and Winslet won hearts around the world with their tale of eternal love. The two instantly became the hallmarks of undying love and idols for many. But it was Winslet who walked away with most of the accolades and awards/nominations for her portrayal of the elite Rose Bukater who in the company of DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson learns to love and let go in James Cameron’s romantic epic. Till date, the movie and its leads are remembered fondly by cinema-lovers, dedicated and casual, for mesmerizing them.
4. Hanna Schmitz in The Reader
The Reader is not a good film. It has thematic irregularities and problems with the script aplenty. The only reason, in the writer’s humble opinion, for which the film works is the searing performance by Winslet. With equal parts simplicity and nuance, restraint and emotion, she graced the role of a former concentration camp guard who is under-trial for war-crimes with panache. Don’t watch it with the perception of watching an actress who won the Best Actress Oscar for the role. Watch it only for the performance, no strings attached.
3. April Wheeler in Revolutionary Road
This devastating portrayal of the death of love in a marriage again won Winslet numerous accolades. Directed by her then-husband Sam Mendes, a master of drama, Revolutionary Road will leave you horrified and in tears once it concludes. The meticulous period details owing majorly to Mendes’ theatre background are only exemplified by the bravura and heart-breaking performance by Winslet. The viewers can feel the love but also later the seething hatred that permeates the relationship of its two leads but it is the way they drown in the whirlpool of their agony that is the most touching.
2. Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility
This remains to be one of the most acclaimed and popular Jane Austen adaptations ever. A winning take on two sisters' urgent search for marriageable men that brought Winslet together with director Ang Lee (who later helmed and won Best Director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life Of Pi), screenwriter/star Emma Thompson, and leading men Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. You couldn’t get better than this when it came to casting for the enduring work by Austen. Winslet scored her first Oscar nomination for this film and her understated performance surprises when pitted against the marvellous and critically more popular one by Emma Thompson. However, it still is one of the best by Winslet as even at the tender age of 20, she could act the hell out of a beloved character without appearing to be trying!
1. Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Working with Jim Carrey, who proved surprisingly willing to venture out of his own comfort zone, Winslet departed from hers to play Clementine, a half-mad, half-seductive siren who is carrying around the exact same secret as Carrey's character but — like Carrey — doesn't seem to know it. The best thing to do here is to just give yourself over to Charlie Kaufman's Oscar-winning hall-of-mirrors screenplay and enjoy the improbable romantic sparks that Winslet strikes with a co-star who seems to hail from a different acting planet but, charmingly, meets her halfway. Clementine’s brand of realism comes across as brash and egotistical at first but upon repeat viewings and a little meditation, drives you crazy with its simplicity. For those who have loved and lost, she could be, ironically, the best companion.
1. Iris from The Holiday
2. Irina from Triple 9
3. Juliet from Heavenly Creatures
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