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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 22, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Best actress: Kate Winslet finally wins

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Photo: Matt Sayles / AP
Though it’s certainly time-consuming, I’m liking this innovation of having five previous winners offer five tributes to the acting nominees. The five nominated actresses, listening to the tributes, appeared genuinely touched; it’s a nice way of giving everyone a piece of the Oscar. (And how awesome is Sophia Loren, posing with hand on hip?)
Kate Winslet, a six-time nominee, finally won for “The Reader” (though I think it should have been for her non-nominated performance in “Revolutionary Road”). Lovely, lovely speech. I love how she called her fellow nominees “goddesses,” got choked up when speaking of the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack (both producers of “The Reader”) and sweetly evoked herself as a child, giving an acceptance speech in the bathroom mirror with a shampoo bottle standing in for an Oscar. Well done — and, much as I was rooting for Streep or Leo, it’s high time.

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