Kate Winslet's been in this position before.
At 33, this year marks her sixth Oscar nomination.
After an enviable filmography with highly acclaimed movies like Sense And Sensibility, Iris, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Titanic, this year Winslet's nominated for her work in Stephen Daldry's The Reader.
Here's what the critics think she's done:
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com:
"Winslet doesn't just show off her body; she exposes herself in other ways. And what she does isn't easy, particularly in a movie climate where actresses are extremely canny about how much they withhold... Whenever she takes a role she peels back more layers, she gives more, than most other actresses do. As Hanna, she's a woman who refuses to allow herself to be tender, as if she were performing a self-imposed penance. She's also unself-pitying, sexually bold and insecure about her own intellect."
"Winslet wraps all of those ideas into one character, without needing to wave them around like brightly colored flags. Even the way she walks -- vaguely heavy-footed, as if she's not sure she deserves to tread the earth -- is a subtle choice.... The Reader comes off as a movie that doggedly follows some dull, preordained text. It's Winslet who dares to read between the lines."
Kate Winslet in a scene from The Reader
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Text: Raja Sen
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