Kate Winslet has hailed motherhood with transforming her a-list peers JULIA ROBERTS and Gwyneth Paltrow into "beautiful, grounded" human beings.

Winslet has two children - four-year-old daughter Mia with ex-husband JAMES THREAPLETON and one-year-old son Joe with second husband Sam Mendes.

At February's (05) OSCARS, nominee Winslet was delighted to run into new mums Roberts and Paltrow, who gave birth to twins HAZEL and PHINNAEUS, and daughter Apple respectively last year (04).

Winslet gushes, "The best part of The Oscars was seeing this new mothers. Gwyneth and Julia - they looked so beautiful, soft and grounded. They didn't look like that before.

"I had a lovely chat with Julia and she was in heaven. Being a mother is the best thing in the world."

11/04/2005 02:58