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A return to where it all started as Kate Winslet accepts another trophy for 'The Reader'

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Colombian star Shakira was named best international pop star at this year's Bambi Awards
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The British actress bows as she accepts another gong for her Oscar-winning performance in The Reader. Kate was full of praise for the German cast and crew she worked with on the drama and their "wonderful sense of humour"
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27 NOVEMBER 2009

Two years on from filming The Reader, and Kate Winslet was back on familiar territory this week.

The actress returned to Germany to receive another prestigious award for the drama – this time in the very same studio where it was filmed.

Reading-born Kate was on sparkling form to accept the best international actress gong at the Bambi Awards in Berlin.

She wore a glammed-up version of a classic black dress featuring sequinned shoulders and a lacy back, and accessorised with a clutch bag embroidered with her initials.

The 34-year-old, who won an Oscar for playing a German woman with a secret Nazi past in the film, was acknowledged as "an actress who doesn't just slip into her roles but rather puts herself into the soul of her roles".

Struggling to hold up her new trophy – weighing 3.6 kg and made from bronze and 18 carat gold – Kate told the audience how much she enjoyed working with a German cast and crew.

"They had a really wonderful sense of humour even in the face of some brutal filming hours," she said.

It was a special night too for Colombian singer Shakira.

The 32-year-old, who arrived in a grey and turquoise Versace dress before changing into a metallic number to perform at the ceremony, was named best international pop artist.

Prince Albert of Monaco's long-term love Charlene Wittstock was also in attendance to present Giorgio Armani's niece Roberta with an award for her designer uncle.

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