Being an avid Kate Winslet junkie since my first viewing her performance in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (a film that forever changed my life and that permanently resides close to the top of my all time favorite films), I must say that it is satisfying to me she that she finally won one of those coveted statuettes that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestows upon the proud, the few, the fabulous "chosen ones" every year come February. I mean, let's face it, girlfriend had it coming after, what, six nominations?!? Of course she doesn't need a little, golden naked-man mascot to prove to the world that she's got the goods; however, the best thing, in my opinion, about this Winslet-finally-getting-the-Oscar reality is the fact that she pretty much predicted how it would have to happen for her in an episode of Ricky Gervais' hilarious comedy show Extras. Check it:
Because I feel the need to leak my inner geek that loves the Winslet, I'd like to take this opportunity to share a few of my favorite lines (from a few of my favorite movies) Winslet has delivered over the years:
As Juliet Hulme, played opposite the vastly underrated actress Melanie Lynskey, in Heavenly Creatures (1994):
"All the best people have bead chests and bone diseases. It's all frightfully romantic."
"I'm going to The Fourth World... it's sort of like heaven. Only better, because there aren't any Christians!"
"Bloody Bill's sniffing around Mummy something chronic!"
"Affairs are much more exciting than marriages...as Mummy can testify."
"Only the best people fight against all obstacles in pursuit of happiness."
As Sue Bridehead in Michael Winterbottom's Jude (1996): "Do I irritate you...even though I'm always trying to prove how much cleverer than you I am?"
As Clementine Kruczynsky in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): "My crotch is still here, just as you remembered it."
As Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995): "Is there any felicity in the world superior to this?!"
"And as for you, you have no right, no right at all, to parade your ignorant assumptions..."
"[sobbing] I loved him as he loved me! Oh God!"
"What care I for colds when there is such a man?"
"Are we never to have a moment's peace? The rent here may be low but I believe we have it on very hard terms."
"Neither of us have anything to tell. I because I conceal nothing and you because you communicate nothing."
As Julia in Gillies MacKinnon's Hideous Kinky (1998): "London's cold, cold and sad. No camel, no Abdul's a jellybean."
As Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron's Titanic (1997): "I'd rather be his whore than your wife."
As Ruth Barron in Jane Campion's Holy Smoke (1999): "Ha! Ladies!? You wouldn't know any! I bet you date little Barbie dolls, don't you? 'Oh, you're so brainy, you're so big! Can I suck your dick?' Can I be alone now?"
As Sarah Pierce in Todd Field's Little Children (2006): "Nail his penis above the entrance to the elementary school. That'd really teach him a lesson."
As Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc in Philip Kaufman's Quills (2000): "If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life."
Congrats Kate! You've earned it.