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Kate Winslet to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards

LONDON — Kate Winslet will receive The Variety Award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards ceremony, which takes place on Dec. 6. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K. Previous recipients include Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig and Helen Mirren.

Winslet said: “I am thrilled to be receiving this award, and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. It’s an honor to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”

Variety executive editor, Steven Gaydos, commented: “From the beginning of her illustrious film career over 20 years ago, Kate Winslet has never ceased her eagerness to tackle new creative challenges, and to turn those challenges into amazing, lasting performances. Her current film, ‘Steve Jobs,’ is no exception and once again, the awards season conversation is immeasurably enlivened by her presence.”

Winslet won both the Academy Award and BAFTA for her portrayal as Hanna Schmitz in “The Reader” in 2008. She also won two Golden Globes that same year for her performance in “The Reader” and in “Revolutionary Road,” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Winslet’s credits consist of critically and commercially acclaimed work. Some of her most memorable roles have been in “Titanic,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Little Children.” She also won an Emmy for her role in HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” in 2010.

Nominations for the BIFAs will be announced on Nov. 3 and the ceremony will take place on Dec. 6 at Old Billingsgate, London.

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