Kate Winslet has been on a winning spree at award galas this year. In her most recent win, she bagged the best actress in a supporting role award at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, held at The Royal Opera House on 14 February.
Winslet won the award for her role in the 2015 biopic, Steve Jobs. She also won an award in the same category for the film at the Golden Globes 2016 and is a nominee at the 88th Academy Awards. Sunday's win was Winslet's third Bafta after having won the awards in best actress and best supporting actress categories for The Reader (2008) and for Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Winslet, 40, dedicated her award to all young women who pursue their dreams against great odds. She recalled how once she was let down by a teacher but that it did not her stop from following her dreams.
"When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts," she said during a press briefing. "Look at me now. And so what I feel like saying in those moments is, any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don't listen to any of it because that's what I did."
"I didn't listen and I kept on going and I overcame all of my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity and just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself."
"And so I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves because you shouldn't be doubting. You should just be going for it," Winslet added.
On her latest win, the Titanic star who recently admitted that her character Rose could have saved Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, from dying in the 1997 romantic disaster film, said she was overwhelmed.
"I think I'm even more excited than I was when I was in this position 20 years ago for Sense and Sensibility, as someone kindly reminded me on the red carpet actually. It was like, oh, my God I'm really that old. No, it's incredible, it's just fantastic," Winslet said.