English Not Amused By Kate Winslet's Acceptance Speeches


Kate Winslet’s two Golden Globes acceptance speeches on Sunday were among the teariest and and most flustered in awards show history; but does she owe the entire United Kingdom an “apology”?

Often the only thing that saves an awards show from being a total bore (aside from the fashion) is the prospect that a celebrity will deliver a charming and/or emotional acceptance speech that will be added to the annual clip reel of the most memorable moments. From the opening gasps of Winslet’s acceptance speech for her second Golden Globe on Sunday night, it was clear it was such a speech (video below). But, while it seems many American critics found Winslet’s speech endearingly flustered, the British were mortified.

Winslet apologizied to the other nominees (and dared to forget Angelina Jolie’s name), but according to The Independent, it’s not her fellow actresses who need an apology. “Never mind sorry to Anne, Meryl, Kristin and oh God, who’s the other one,” says the review. “It’s us, her loyal British fans, to whom she should apologise. We expect less of you, Kate, much less.”

Reviews of the Golden Globes from the British press attacked Winslet for everything from playing up British stereotypes to possibly being inebriated. The review in The Independent said the speech would “make a corpse wince with embarrassment” and that it was unexpected of an actress, “whose irreproachably middle-class upbringing in Reading has always seemed to imbue her with a rather sensible outlook on life.” According to The Guardian, the speech “raises the occasional wave of nausea, swiftly followed by a rush of hands to eyes in order to block out the spectacle.” The reviewer said of Winslet’s urging herself out loud to “gather,” “It would be interesting to know if anyone has ever said this outside the Mitford family, since 1932.” And The Times critique asked if her second emotional trip to the podium could have been the result of her “down[ing] some bubbly between her two awards.”

With The Telegraph reporting that bookmakers say Winslet is an “absolute certainty” to win at least one Oscar following her Golden Globes success, should Winslet start penning her Academy Awards speech now, lest she make a career-ruining speech and further anger the Brits? Angelina Jolie may have come back from announcing during her 2000 Best Supporting Actress Awards speech, “I’m so in love with my brother right now!” However, while he was leaping around the stage after his 1996 win for Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. probably didn’t imagine he’d end up in Snow Dogs.

Winslet’s first win for Best Supporting Actress for The Reader:
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Winslet’s second win for Best Actress for Revolutionary Road
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Brian Viner: Get A Grip, Kate. You’re Embarrassing Us [The Independent]
Winslet Joins The Cast Of Hollywood Howlers [The Times]
Gather! How To Accept An Award The Kate Winslet Way [The Guardian]
Kate Winslet Favourite To Follow Golden Globes With Oscar Win [The Telegraph]

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