Kate Winslet: Suck It Up, Meryl Streep!

By: tracimac / February 22, 2009

Enthusiasm personified Kate Winslet who won her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a German trolley conducter with a shadowy past in The Reader.

Kate, who has been villified in the past for her rambling acceptance speeches, kept this one to a restrained joy — talking about how she had practiced her speech as a child.

Winslet even compared her Oscar to the “shampoo bottle” she used to hold in front of the bathroom mirror when she acted it out as a kid.

Kate’s Oscar was presented to her by a bevy of former Best Actress Oscar winners – including Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry and last year’s winner Marion Cotillard.

The British actress (who is married to her Revolutionary Road director Sam Mendes) seemed to delight her competitors in the category with her speech including Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie.

Winslet even got cheeky as she wrapped things up.

She noted that all of the Best Actress nominees were floored by being in the same category as the 15-times nominated Streep. But then told Meryl to get over losing and to “suck it up!”