To call Kate Winslet one of the greatest actresses of her generation is the opposite of a hot take; for the last two decades, the Revolutionary Road star has racked up more awards and critical acclaim than you could shake a gold statue at. Heck, she has been nominated for a whopping six Academy Awards. Six! And how many Oscars does Kate Winslet have? I'll give you a hint: not enough.
Winslet received her first nomination in 1996 for her turn as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. She nabbed her second for her rendering of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic. The third nom was for her portrayal of young Iris Murdoch in Iris. Her fourth for the role of Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And the fifth was for Little Children. All five performances were nothing short of haunting, spectacular, nuanced, beautiful, etcetera. And yet, not one of those performances scored an Academy Award.
It wasn’t until her sixth nomination that she finally won an Oscar. At the 2009 Academy Awards, Winslet took home the statuette for Best Actress for her gripping performance in The Reader.
Every time I remember that Kate Winslet—a deity who seems to be incapable of giving anything less than a mind-blowing performance—only has one Oscar, I wonder how the universe let that happen. Seriously though, how did the universe let that happen?