Best Actress Oscar-Winners Since 2000, Ranked Worst to Best

From British royalty to the mighty Meryl Streep, our updated list of the ladies who've nabbed Academy Awards in the 21st century

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14. Kate Winslet, 'The Reader'

In a 2005 episode of the Ricky Gervais series Extras, Kate Winslet famously played a satirical, craven version of herself who's starring in a Holocaust movie because "[you're] guaranteed an Oscar." A few years later, she ended up winning an Oscar playing a 1950s German woman who begins a relationship with a teenager (David Kross) … and, oh yeah, was also complicit in the perpetuation of the Holocaust. Was it coincidence? "This was never a Holocaust movie to me," she said at the time about The Reader. "That's part of the story and provides something of a backdrop … But to me it was always an extraordinarily unconventional love story." Fair enough, but its genteel tastefulness was so stuffy that it made it hard to believe that anybody would have been involved with this project except to make a play for awards. Winslet is predictably heartrending in the role, but ultimately it's a forgettable part in a forgettable film.

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