Wednesday 22 February 2017

Winslet won't boycott the Oscars over race row

David Wilcock

Published 11/02/2016 | 02:30

Kate Winslet: thinks DiCaprio may be in line for his first Oscar. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Kate Winslet: thinks DiCaprio may be in line for his first Oscar. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Kate Winslet has said she will not boycott the Oscars over the nominations race row because it could mean missing out on seeing her "closest friend" Leonardo DiCaprio finally win.

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The British Hollywood star (40) appeared in 'Titanic' alongside DiCaprio (41). He is nominated for the best actor award for his role in the gritty Western 'The Revenant'.

Winslet herself is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Joanna Hoffman in Danny Boyle's biopic 'Steve Jobs'.

The nominations for the Oscars, at the end of February, created a controversy after no black actors were shortlisted. Several big names have said they may boycott the ceremony in Los Angeles in protest.

Speaking at the London launch of her latest film, US heist drama 'Triple 9', in which she plays a "nasty piece of work" Mafia gangster, Winslet said: "To be honest with you, it has been such an extraordinary year for women, I'd feel like I was letting my side down if I didn't go.

"And also I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo's year. He is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn't imagine not being there to support him. I think those are reasons enough really to show my face."

DiCaprio has been nominated for an Oscar six times but has yet to win.

Winslet, who won the best actress Oscar for 2008 film 'The Reader', said she enjoyed playing a baddie in the new film, saying: "I truly play a nasty piece of work and I relished every minute of it."

As well as the Oscars nod, she has been nominated for a best supporting actress award in this weekend's Baftas.

The ensemble cast of 'Triple 9' includes 'Breaking Bad's' Aaron Paul, 'The Avengers'' Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson and fellow Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of '12 Years A Slave'.

Mackie, Paul and Ejiofor were at Tuesday night's gala screening at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho.

Ejiofor was asked about the row over diversity. He said: "We need more equality in our society and we need more equality represented in media, and those are good things to have, healthy things to have for a society, so it is right that people ask for those things. That whole thing is just a reflection of that reality.

"Absolutely everyone involved on every side of the issue wants the best out of movies and society."

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