Winslet's talent got her six Academy Award nominations before winning one for The Reader.
To walk on stage and receive an Oscar is something that many talented performers dream of from the very beginning of their career. After Kate Winslet received the Academy Award for her phenomenal role in The Reader, she didn't pick a glass shelf or a fancy cabinet to place her golden statuette. It was her bathroom that became home to her prestigious award.
The actress, now in her early 40s, can't stand to watch her own films more than once, as reported by WSJ Magazine. And she leaves her best actress Oscar in the bathroom so that guests who visit can spend a few private moments picking it up and giving heartfelt thank you speeches that they may otherwise rarely say out loud.
Whether it's to thank a father or a wife, Kate Winslet lets her guests hold her award up, look at themselves in the mirror, and have their moment.
"The whole point is for everybody to pick it up and go, 'I’d like to thank my son and my dad'—and you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed," said Kate Winslet. And while she's generous in letting her guests hold her award, she also gets a kick out of seeing them walk out of the bathroom blushing. She added, "They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical."
When she spoke on the U.K. TV show, GMTV, she said that the reason behind stashing her trophy in the bathroom was so that guests "can sneakily have a little [hold] and put it back down again," as reported by People. She added, "because basically everybody wants to touch it, everybody wants to hold it and go ‘Oh, my gosh,’ and ‘How heavy is it?’ So I figured if I put it [in there], then people can avoid the whole, ‘Where’s your Oscar?’ thing."
About a decade ago on February 22, 2009, when Kate Winslet had her own special moment of being honored with the Academy Award, her mind raced back to when she would stand in front of the bathroom mirror as a little girl, picturing that very moment.
"I'd be lying if I haven't made a version of this speech before," she admitted in her acceptance speech, as quoted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this [holding up her statuette] would've been a shampoo bottle. Well, it's not a shampoo bottle now!"
Her talent got herself six Academy Award nominations before winning one for The Reader, according to Variety. While she was grateful to have made it from being a little girl, staring at herself in the bathroom mirror, all the way to that grand stage at the Kodak Theatre, she also didn't forget to thank the loved ones who helped her get there.
She went on to say in her speech, "I feel very fortunate to have made it all the way from there to here and I'd like to thank some of the people along the way who had faith in me. My friends and my family, especially my mum and dad, who are in this room somewhere. Dad, whistle or something, 'cause then I'll know where you are. [Loud whistle.] Yeah! I love you!"
As a devoted mother, she also thanked her children and her husband at the time. She went on to say, "I'm so lucky to have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children who let me do what I love and who love me just the way that I am."