Best Actress Academy Award

After sending her pre-recorded acceptance speech from her cell thinking she wouldn't win, 'The Dressmaker' actress stole the show with her self-deprecating humor

Kate Winslet in 'The Dressmaker'

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Kate Winslet is ordinarily a dab hand at acceptance speeches having picked up numerous gongs over the years, but even the pros have to phone it in sometimes, but never literally.

The Oscar-winning English actress took a rather unusual DIY approach to her acceptance speech after winning best actress for The Dressmaker at the annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, recording herself on the phone back home in England.

In the self-deprecating two-and-a-half minute speech, Winslet acknowledged it took her six takes to film her speech, after she realized she had a hole in her sweater on the fifth take. Ironic, given she won the award for her role as Aussie couturier Tilly Dunnage in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker.

She begrudgingly put on lipstick and described herself as “lame” and “lazy” for not making the trip to Sydney to the awards ceremony held on Dec 9. She said she did not expect to win as she believed the best actor nod should “go to a local.”

While she gave serious thanks to cast and crew for her award, including co-star and best supporting actress winner Judy Davis, whom she called “more inspiring than I think I could have ever imagined or hoped you would be, ” she positively gushed about co-star Liam Hemsworth.

“Lovely Liam Hemsworth, I do have to mention him, even though he's really, really famous and probably doesn't need more people talking about how gorgeous he is, " said Winslet.

She added: "But I am going to have to talk about him because he is really, really gorgeous and we were very lucky to have him."

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