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Breaking news: Kate Winslet is an award-winning actress. OK, fine. I’m not surprising anyone. But to truly appreciate the vice grip Winslet has on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, one needs only to realize that the incredible actress has been nominated for a staggering 11 Globes since 1996. In two separate years, she was nominated in two separate categories. And a few minutes ago, she won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for the excellent Steve Jobs.
And by then time you finished reading that first paragraph, Kate Winslet probably earned yet another Golden Globe nomination.
Kate Winslet’s first Golden Globes nomination game in 1996 for her performance in the 1995 drama Sense and Sensibility. She was nominated for an Oscar for the same role that same year. Winslet also duplicated Globes and Oscar nominations for Titanic (1998), Iris (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2005), Little Children (2007), and The Reader in 2009. That was Winslet’s last Oscar nomination, though that could change when the Academy Award nominations are announced later this week.
After 2009, Winslet really started laying the wood on the HFPA and the Golden Globes. The same year she was nominated at the Globes for The Reader, she contended in the Actress category for Revolutionary Road. In fact, she won both. An embarrassment of riches for Kate Winslet. (Because you can’t spell "Winslet" without "Wins.") The actress followed up that spectacular Globes showing with another double header in 2012, when she was nominated in the Movies category (for Carnage) and the TV category (for Mildred Pierce). She later was nominated for Labor Day (proving that the Globes will nominate her just for showing up in a movie), and then this year for Steve Jobs.
We can only hope that Oscar recognizes Kate Winslet for her outstanding work in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. But the Academy would have to double down on a string of Winslet roles before they ever caught up to the love fest that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been showering on the great Kate for 20 years.