Kate Winslet, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations.
The performance (according to Screen’s review):
“For Winslet, the greatest challenge is constructing a portrait of discontented motherhood that is different from her comparable role in Little Children. But while some similarity haunts the performance, there is enough delineation in the two characters to keep April from feeling like a carbon copy.” (Tim Grierson)
The politics: Between Revolutionary Road and The Reader, Winslet has essentially confirmed she is the finest young actress of her generation and, with five Oscar nominations under her belt so far, voters could think it is her time. Although she runs the risk of cancelling herself out with two nominations in lead and supporting categories, she is a leading contender in both, here for a heartrending performance as April Wheeler, a 1950s woman trapped in the role of suburban housewife she never expected.
Oscar: 5, for Sense And Sensibility (1995), Titanic (1997), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) and Little Children(2006).
Golden Globe: 5, for Sense And Sensibility (1996), Titanic (1998), Iris (2002), Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2005) and Little Children(2007).
Bafta: 5, for Sense And Sensibility (1995), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland (2004) and Little Children (2006). She won for Sense And Sensibility.