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Kate Winslet named best actress at Bambi Awards

Kate Winslet at the Bambi Awards
Kate Winslet said the award was very heavy.

Oscar-winning star Kate Winslet has been named best international actress at this year's Bambi Awards in Germany.

The 34-year-old scooped the prize for The Reader, in which she played a German woman with a secret Nazi past.

Winslet, who shot the movie in Germany, said: "Ever since we made The Reader I'm always trying to find ways to come back - it was special."

The annual Bambi Awards acknowledge achievement in film, television, music and sports.

Earlier this year, Winslet was awarded her first Oscar for The Reader, in which Ralph Fiennes also starred.

The Bambi panel praised her as "an actress who doesn't just slip into her roles but rather puts herself into the soul of her roles".

The British star struggled to hold up the solid bronze and 18-carat gold trophy she was presented with at the ceremony.

"This is very heavy, so I'm going to put this down," she laughed.

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who co-starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, was named best international actor.

Colombian singer Shakira was also honoured at the ceremony.

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