Winslet plans Bafta acceptance speech

Kate Winslet is planning to prepare a speech for the Bafta Awards ceremony, following her gushing acceptance at the Golden Globes.

Kate Winslet is planning to prepare a speech for the Bafta Awards ceremony, following her gushing acceptance at the Golden Globes.

The 33-year-old British actress picked up two Golden Globes for 'The Reader' and 'Revolutionary Road' earlier this month and the films have earned her two nominations for the Best Actress award at this year’s Bafta ceremony.

Speaking at the London premiere of 'Revolutionary Road', Winslet said: "Well, clearly, I should prepare a speech because I didn’t think that was going to happen at the Golden Globes.

“Some people apparently haven’t been very nice about it, but luckily I’ve been in America where they’ve said very nice things.

“I’m just so excited to be included this year, I mean, I really am. It’s been a remarkable two years, I think, for films in general and there’s some absolutely stunning performances out there so to be up there with those heavyweights is really amazing.”

The actress who won the Best Supporting actress Bafta for 'Sense And Sensibility' in 1995 – was very emotional at the Golden Globes ceremony, telling the audience “I’m sorry, I have a habit of not winning things.”

Winslet said: “I’m still genuinely overwhelmed and shocked. I was very, very shocked and I still am. But my sister had a baby this week, on Wednesday, so we’ve all been very preoccupied with this new, beautiful little girl that’s just come into our family.”

Winslet plays desperate 1950s housewife April Wheeler in 'Revolutionary Road' - directed by her husband, Sam Mendes – opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom she starred in epic blockbuster 'Titanic' in 1997.

DiCaprio said of Winslet’s Golden Globe wins: “It was fantastic – a beautiful moment. Well-deserved and long overdue.”

The pair were delighted to be reunited on screen.

DiCaprio, 34, revealed: “I felt like we had a tremendous comfort level with each other working together, just because we’ve been friends with a great trust, we have only the best intentions for each other. We push the boundaries with each other when we act. It’s an amazing feeling and it’s something we really took advantage of.”

Winslet added: “We were very lucky, when we did Titanic, that we always got along. I mean we really got along well.

“We never had an argument or fell out over anything. Just being very accepting of each other, which I think you have to be when you work so closely together.

“Over the years we have stayed very close as friends and playing Frank and April in 'Revolutionary Road' 12 years after first meeting, we were able to use that friendship and chemistry that we have in playing these parts.”

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