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Kate Winslet hoping for sixth time lucky at Oscars

Today's Oscar nomination success has established 2009 as Kate Winslet's year.

The 33-year-old British actress was already riding high, with a double Golden Globe triumph and two Bafta nominations under her belt.

Winslet picked up two Golden Globes for The Reader and Revolutionary Road earlier this month and the films earned her two leading actress nominations at this year's Bafta ceremony.

Winslet must be hoping that her run of success will continue into 2009, having previously had little luck when it comes to the Oscars.

She has been nominated five times before - three times for best actress and twice for best actress in a supporting role - but has never won.

Winslet has said she is planning to prepare a speech for the Baftas, following her gushing acceptance at the Golden Globes.

Speaking at the London premiere of Revolutionary Road, Winslet said: "I'm just so excited to be included this year, I mean, I really am.

"It's been a remarkable two years, I think, for films in general and there's some absolutely stunning performances out there so to be up there with those heavyweights is really amazing."

The Titanic star - who has won the best supporting actress Bafta for Sense And Sensibility - was very emotional at the Golden Globes ceremony, telling the audience: "I'm sorry, I have a habit of not winning things."

She was so surprised that she even made an emotional apology to fellow best actress nominees Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas and Angelina Jolie.

The actress has come a long way since starring opposite the Honey Monster in an advert for breakfast cereal.

That job, when she was 11, was her professional debut but she came from a family who were used to performing.

Both her parents - father Roger and mother Sally - were actors and her grandparents ran a theatre in her home town of Reading, Berkshire.

After attending drama school, she got her first big break when she was cast, aged 17, as an obsessive teenager in Heavenly Creatures.

A year later, her role in the period drama Sense And Sensibility was rewarded with both a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.

She hit the Hollywood big time with her role in the blockbuster Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

That performance saw her recognised again by the Academy with a nomination for the Oscar for best actress.

Off camera, she married assistant director Jim Threapleton, whom she met on the set of one of her films, and the pair had a daughter, Mia, in October 2000.

They divorced in 2001 and she married director Sam Mendes two years later. They had a son, Joe, in 2003.

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