Kate Winslet, Best Actress for The Reader

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After six nominations, Kate Winslet finally got to deliver the Oscar speech she's dreamed about giving since she was 8 years old and speaking into a shampoo bottle in front of the bathroom mirror. She was named Best Actress for her performance in The Reader.

So what did it feel like to finally win? "It really is an out-of-body experience," she says. "You just think, 'This can't be happening.'"

Kate says everyone in the category was just honored to be nominated along with such an accomplished actress as Meryl Streep. "That's a career-defining moment when you get to stand along someone like Meryl," she says. "And so I honestly did not think for one second that it was going to be me."

Kate says she also loved how the award was presented. "I think that was really a master stroke," she says. "We all had something to take home, no matter what, because those women were speaking to us, and it was a very special moment."

Still, Kate says it hasn't sunk in that the Oscar in her hand is hers. "Isn't he cute?" she says. "I keep sort of looking at him ... and looking at every little piece. Very nice bottom."
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FROM: Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2009
Published on February 23, 2009

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