London, January 14: Hollywood's recoil over Kate Winslet's controversial Nazi role in "The Reader" may put the actress' Oscar dreams in jeopardy.
In the Golden Globe winning film, Kate stars as Hanna Schmitz, who keeps her past as a concentration camp guard under wraps while she has an affair with a teenage boy half her age.
While the `Titianic' star reportedly held a strong chance to bag the award for the Best Actress category for `Revolutionary Road', some film critics see little or no hope in the Holocaust drama winning the coveted statuette on February 22.
"Kate Winslet portrays a woman who dispatched Jews to gas chambers and doesn''t seem obviously repentant later when she''s tried in court. How can anyone, especially Jewish Oscar voters, embrace that?" the Telegraph quoted one LA times writer as saying.
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, referred as one of the most influential film critics in the US, added: "You have to wonder who, exactly, wants or perhaps needs to see another movie about the Holocaust that embalms its horrors with artfully spilled tears and asks us to pity a death-camp guard.
"Mostly it involves Kate Winslet, her taut belly and limbs gleaming under the caressing light, deflowering a very surprised-looking teenage boy".
Another esteemed critic, Charlie Finch, wrote: "What is especially repellent about The Reader is the use of Kate Winslet''s nubile body to create sympathy for a repellent character." (ANI)