Kate Winslet takes home BAFTA award for Steve Jobs

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Kate Winslet, middle, praises the portrayal of Steve Jobs by Michael Fassbender (right).
"Who me?" Kate Winslet is surely the Oscar front-runner now.
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Kate Winslet picked up another award win for her role as Apple PR guru Johanna Hoffman at last night’s BAFTA British movie award show.

Winslet’s win was the only prize won by Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs semi-biopic, which was also nominated for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Actor” gongs for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and lead actor Michael Fassbender, but lost out to The Big Short and Leo in The Revenant.

Kate Winslet praised the movie’s director, co-star Fassbender, and the real-life Hoffman herself.

“I really am quite overwhelmed actually,” she said in her speech. “Danny Boyle you were amazing to work with. Thank you for casting for me when you really didn’t have to. Michael Fassbender you led us through this; I don’t know how you did it you are a brilliant brilliant actor. I [also] want to mention a woman who would prefer to remain anonymous the real Johanna Hoffman, who was a devoted and loyal friend to Steve Jobs.”

Winslet noted that Hoffman helped her prepare for the role by telling her “wonderful stories” about her time with Steve.

This isn’t the first prize Winslet has received for her role in the critically-divisive box office bomb that was Steve Jobs. She has already picked up a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Hoffman (who, in the movie — unlike reality — is portrayed as being Jobs’ right-hand woman from the Mac days through his triumphant Apple return) and has received an Oscar nomination, too.

While there’s a chance the Oscars could throw a curveball for Best Supporting Actress, it seems that Winslet is a shoe-in for the big prize right now. We’ll find out for sure on Feb 28.