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From the Press Room: Kate Winslet and Sean Penn

A visibly overjoyed Kate Winslet, winner of the Best Actress award, came back to the press interview room where, as she said with awe, "It's only dawning on me now that I've won an Oscar . . . Oh, my God." She was so gleeful, in fact, that she raced off the stage and threw her arms around a man who clearly has been interviewing her for years — as he said, since she was a 17-year-old girl from Reading. When he asked her how she felt, she crowed, "Like a little girl from Reading! . . . To have been here and lost, I can tell you winning is a lot better — really, a lot!"

She said many more things — including a saucy little shoutout to Susan Sarandon — and so did this year's Best Actor, Sean Penn. For some of their post-win comments,


Kate, on getting flak from other Brits for being emotional in her acceptance speeches: "I really don't care and quite honestly it makes me sad that my own country can't be happy for the successes of their own kind."

Kate, on believing in fate: "Well, look at this [statue] . . . Yes I do. I do, I do! . . . I feel like a very unlikely hero here, you know. I was not the privileged kid that things like this could possibly happen to."

Kate, on working in Germany: "I have never worked with a more solid group of actors and crew members in my life . . . They were all so committed in a way that was almost startling . . . It really is about working as a team and working to an end . . . I'd really love to go back to Germany and work again."

Sean, on his relationship with Mickey Rourke: "I've known Mickey for over 25 years. We've had, for the most part, a very close friendship. He's somebody that I've alternately looked up to, I've directed . . . I've admired. He had me, almost throughout The Wrestler, weeping . . . What's sensational about him is what's always been sensational about him . . . he's simply one of the most poetic talents in acting."

Sean, on what it means to him, bringing Harvey Milk's story to screen: "That means a lot to myself and anyone involved . . . anyone who believes in equal rights for a human being . . . It's very simple."


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