Actress Kate Winslet is delighted with her nod for Best Actress at next month's (Feb09) Academy Awards and has praised THE READER's production team for finally making Oscar glory a possibility for her.
The British beauty was nominated on Thursday (22Jan09) for her role in the post-war drama, with the film also competing in the Best Picture category.
The Titanic star, who has failed to pick up a single Oscar in her career despite being shortlisted five times, is ecstatic to have been recognised for her portrayal of a former Nazi concentration camp guard.
She tells OK! magazine, "I'm extremely happy to have been nominated. And very fortunate. Playing Hanna Schmitz will always remain one of the biggest challenges I've ever been blessed with."
The movie was also nominated in the Achievement In Directing, Adapted Screenplay and Achievement In Cinematography - and Winslet has nothing but praise for the people who had a hand in making it.
She adds, "I'm genuinely thrilled not just for myself but for the wonderful Stephen Daldry (director) and David Hare (screenwriter). These nominations are a testament to their unwavering commitment to this film. And I'm also very happy for all the people in Germany whose hard work on The Reader has been rewarded by these nominations."
And Winslet also pays a moving tribute to two filmmakers who helped produce the movie but passed away during its creation: "Surely Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack are smiling down on us today!"
It tops an extraordinary month for the star; she walked away with two gongs, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, at the Golden Globes on 11 January (09) and received two nominations in the Best Actress category at the upcoming British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs).