Mare of Easttown, The Reader, Titanic, Holy Smoke, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless, Mildred Pearce, The Couturier
With elegant costumes, an excellent Australian accent and an air of glamor, Winslet wowed film audiences and won an Australian Academy award.
6. MILDRED PIERCE (2011)
Winslet won an Emmy for the title role in this HBO series, playing a struggling single mom who stands up to run a restaurant business during the Great Depression. In a somewhat harsh melodrama directed by Todd Haynes (I am not here, Carol), Mildred’s quiet determination to rebuild her life and protect her two daughters drives the drama through five episodes.
5. ETERNAL SUN OF THE SPLITLESS SPIRIT (2004)
Winslet plays Impulsive Clementine who tries to erase memories of Jim Carrey’s Joel in Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s brilliantly inventive sci-fi romance. She thinks to herself “just a fucking girl looking for my peace of mind,” but Clementine’s vulnerability and openness, in the face of pain at the end of a romance, is heartbreaking.
4. HOLY SMOKE! (1999)
In Jane Campion’s psychological drama, Winslet plays Ruth, a follower of an Indian religious sect whose parents hire a tough American (Harvey Keitel) to deprogram her. In a bold choice of film after the success of Titanic, playing a manipulative character with sex scenes, Winslet delivered a surprisingly edgy performance.
3. TITANIC (1997)
Helen Hunt won Best Actress at the Oscars in 1998, but Winslet, who was nominated to play Rose, was the longest lasting performance. After a troubled shoot, director James Cameron delivered an epic romance, between Rose, 17, and Jack, 20 of Leonard DiCaprio, who was interrupted by the sinking of the big ship on his maiden voyage.
“I’ll never let go, Jack,” Rose said tearfully in theaters around the world. “I never leave. I promise.”
2. THE READER (2008)
Winslet won an Oscar for playing Hanna Schmitz, an illiterate guard from Auschwitz who had an affair with teenage Michael (David Kross) in Germany after WWII.
Drama by director Stephen Daldry, based on the best-selling novel by Bernhard Schlink The reader, is far from perfect but Winslet humanizes an unkind and troubled woman to haunting effect.
“It doesn’t matter how I feel,” Hanna said. “It doesn’t matter what I think. The dead are still dead.
1. EASTTOWN POOL (2021)
Winslet used all of his talents to create one of his most vivid characters, the troubled detective Mare Sheehan. And putting together a seven-part crime drama makes it his best performance.
Much of the show’s emotional impact comes from the stares and silences. But Winslet makes Mare genuinely authentic with worn physicality, a compelling Philli accent, attention to the little character details (like the perfect “ oh ” during a key find in the final episode) and the way she s. ‘fits perfectly into a small well designed. urban community going through dark times.