YMMV / Kate Winslet

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When she guest starred in Ricky Gervais' Extras in 2005, she plays an bawdy, exaggerated version of herself who's starring in a Holocaust movie for Oscar Bait. Three years later, she wins an Oscar for playing a Nazi in The Reader.
    • When Gervais hosted the Golden Globes in 2009, he spotted her in the audience and said— on live television, mind — "I told ya, do a Holocaust movie, the awards come, didn't I?"
  • Hollywood Homely: For some unfathomable reason. She seems to get cast in the "frumpy/ordinary girl" role, despite being positively stunning by almost any reasonable standard.
    "In a story rife with implausibilities and absurdities, perhaps the most egregious is that we're told we should accept Kate Winslet as somehow "unattractive," compared to [Jennifer Connelly's character]." - Roger Ebert in his review of Little Children.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: For equally unfathomable reasons. James Cameron reputedly nicknamed her "Kate Weighs-a-lot." Likewise earlier for A Kid in King Arthur's Court she became sick as a result of producers telling her to lose weight.
  • Moment Of Heartwarming: Her Tears of Joy reaction to Leonardo Di Caprio winning the Best Actor award at the 2016 Oscars; the two have been good friends ever since Titanic.
  • Old Shame: Despite its enormous success, she does not look back on her Titanic experience fondly, noting how difficult working with James Cameron was. When she watched the movie for the first time in 15 years at the premiere of the 3D re-release, Kate thought her performance and accent were cringe-worthy and that it was like watching an old home video of herself.
  • Star-Making Role: Sense and Sensibility got her an Oscar nomination, while Titanic shot her to superstardom.
  • What Could Have Been: She was the producers' first choice for the role of River Song from Doctor Who.