Many Emmy nominees were preparing to appear before the press with the help of professional stylists as potential winners were announced in July, but was cut up a chicken.
"Nobody knows this, but in reality know that the nominations were that day,''said the actress of 35 years via satellite from London while she was promoting the film Contagion '.
Winslet starred in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain, 1941, and production is nominated for 21 Emmys, the most in this year.
"I was in England and was taking a cooking class excellent lasted all day with my best friend.
"Precisely on that day my best friend and I were taking a class of cuts of meat and, literally, when the email arrived to say he had been nominated and we received 21 nominations in total, I was tearing up a chicken, is seriously. Is not it amazing? I love that story,''she said.
Winslet is nominated for lead actress in a miniseries for her role in Mildred Pierce.
"I've never been nominated for an Emmy. I have never before been at the ceremony. It is a wonderful way of getting back in touch with everyone who was involved in 'Mildred' to which I have not seen for almost a year. So I'm very, very excited.
"Mildred was very special to me last year and for all who work in it. It was a truly extraordinary group of people who joined for 17 weeks of really heavy work. So the fact that hard work will reward you these nominations is that fantastic,''she said.
2011 Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast on Fox
"Somebody is making me a beautiful dress and I'm not really good to prepare for it well in advance.
"Usually I go into full preparation mode for about 48 hours before and somehow everything is organized. So I hope that everything goes well and I'm really anxious for the day comes,''said Winslet.