Backstage, Best Actress winner Kate Winslet (The Reader) gushed, “It’s just dawning on me now that I’ve won an Oscar. It’s just starting to sink in. Oh my God…And as someone who’s been nominated before, I can tell you winning is really a lot better than losing. Really a lot better.”
When a gossip columnist insisted Winslet give an answer for who she would pass the nude-scene torch to, she took some time and then replied with a glint in her eye, “Susan Sarandon.”
‘Now I’m going to get very drunk’, says Kate Winslet as she takes Best Actress Oscar
It was a triumphant night for British film as heavily tipped Kate Winslet took the best actress Oscar for her role in The Reader, while Slumdog Millionaire swept the board with EIGHT awards this morning.
Dressed in a gunmetal grey one-shoulder gown, Reading-born Kate, 33, managed to hold back the tears as she accepted her award from a group of past winners including Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren.
In her acceptance speech, a composed Kate thanked director husband Sam Mendes, 43, and children Mia, 8, and Joe, 5, for loving her just the way she is.
And she said she planned to get ‘very drunk’.
‘You just don’t think that these dreams that seem so silly and so impossible could ever really come true’, she said backstage at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.