Kate Winslet's Angelina Jolie gaffe could hinder Oscar potential
Kate Winslet may have ‘blown her chances’ of an Oscar because she forgot Angelina Jolie’s name in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, according to veteran film critic Barry Norman.
Norman, the BBC’s film critic for 26 years, said the faux pas – where Winslet embarrassingly referred to Jolie as ‘the other one’ – will not go down well with Academy Award voters in Hollywood.
Discussing the Best Actress Oscar on ITV1’s Loose Women, Barry said: ‘I really, really hope that Kate Winslet gets it. I think they are all good performances but I think hers is the best.
‘But I have a nasty feeling that she has blown her chances with that silly, silly speech at the Golden Globes.’
Although she was honoured at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the ‘5,000 Oscar voters, most of whom are American’, might not be so kind, Norman warned.
‘When push comes to shove, Americans will vote for the local boy or local girl rather than the foreigner in normal circumstances.
‘It doesn’t always work out like that, but I think in this case –”Who’s the other one? Who’s the other one?” – she forgot Angelina Jolie’s name, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the king and queen of Hollywood.
‘I have a feeling, and I hope I’m wrong, that enough voters will have been offended by this – unintentional though it was, because I know Kate well and she’s a lovely girl, she really is a nice person and the insult was unintentional – but it could work against her and she might lose out for that reason.’
Winslet made the slip-up when she beat Angelina, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Kristin Scott Thomas to the Best Actress Golden Globe gong for her role in Revolutionary Road.
‘I’m so sorry Anne, Meryl, Kristin – oh god, who’s the other one… Angelina!’ she gasped.
Norman said of her speech: ‘I think she was tired and emotional. She had already won the Best Supporting Actress award and, I suspect, quite rightly and understandably, she went off with [husband] Sam Mendes, had a couple of glasses of champagne and then to her astonishment was named Best Actress as well. It just took her aback and she did this rather daft speech.’
Kate Winslet is, however, favourite to win the Best Actress Oscar, with Meryl Streep snapping at her heels for her role as a nun in Doubt.