Kate Winslet backs Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor Oscar ahead of co-star Michael Fassbender
Kate Winslet has backed her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio to win his first Oscar at next month’s ceremony.
The actress said she would be “surprised” if The Revenant star did not receive the Best Actor award after missing out with his previous five Oscar nominations.
“I think it probably will be (Leonardo),” she said on red carpet at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
“I think you can sort of feel it and I think everyone wants it for him. It would be amazing.
“It’s also quite difficult for me too because Michael Fassbender is also nominated and I was his right-hand woman for three months making Steve Jobs.
“I saw how hard he worked and I thought his performance was extraordinary.
“But I think you can feel the temperature and it’s probably going to be Leo’s year.”
Winslet, who won the Best Actress Oscar for 2008 film The Reader, said she her nomination for best supporting actress for her role as Joanna Hoffman in the biopic Steve Jobs was the “ultimate cherry on the cake”.
“I really can’t believe it because it has been a very strong year,” she said.
“No one has been a shoe-in. People have been flitting in and out of this best supporting actress category for quite some time.
“They were like the golden tickets this year. They were really very coveted spots, particularly in this category, so I’m absolutely thrilled.
“This was a film I was so proud to be in and I really love the film. I loved the experience of making it so it’s the ultimate cherry on the cake to be nominated.”
Actor and director Kenneth Branagh attended the awards as he received the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film, which was presented by Judi Dench.
The awards at London’s May Fair Hotel are voted for by 140 members of the Critics’ Circle Film Section.
FULL WINNERS LIST
:: Film of the year - Mad Max: Fury Road
:: British/Irish film of the year - 45 Years
:: Actor of the year - Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
:: Actress of the year - Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
:: Supporting actor of the year - Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)
:: Supporting actress of the year - Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
:: Director of the year: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
:: Screenwriter of the year - Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
:: British/Irish actor of the year - Tom Hardy (Legend, London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant)
:: British/Irish actress of the year - Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lost River)
:: Young British/Irish performer of the year - Maisie Williams (The Falling)
:: Documentary of the year - Amy
:: Dilys Powell award for excellence in film - Sir Kenneth Branagh
:: Foreign language film of the year - The Look Of Silence
:: Philip French award for breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker - John Maclean (Slow West)
:: British/Irish short film of the year: Stutterer
:: Technical achievement award: cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol)