Kate Winslet won for Best Supporting Actress last night at Critics’ Choice making it a very tight race between her and Penelope Cruz for Oscar. Kate was not there last night to collect her award, hanging back instead in New York for an appearance on Letterman before heading to LA some time today to attend the Globes.

Many award watchers are now wondering if the Academy will make Kate like Cate B and Renee Z – deserving lead actresses who all took home Oscar Supporting gold first.

Kate’s a formidable opponent. Penelope really might have to love it up with Javier to make her case …

P was tehre to eat her loss, beautiful but not all that exciting in midnight blue, obviously holding back some amazingness for Sunday. And that’s the art of it, non? You always want to save something in the tank for the bigger moments. It always surprises me that some girls don’t understand this. It’s like premature style ejaculation.

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