Kate Winslet is refusing to boycott the Oscars. On a normal year this wouldn’t make any news, but considering this is the second year in a row where the Oscars have suffered a lack of diversity in their nominations, Winslet’s decision is making headlines.
Winslet is not following in suit of others in the industry such as director Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrese Gibson, and Will Smith in boycotting the Oscars. In response to the diversity controversy, the president of The Academy has decided to roll out a new rule system that will affect the way members vote for years to come.
Those who haven’t contributed to the film community within a ten-year time frame will not be asked back, and will have their membership revoked, while others will be able to nominate other members to join the Academy’s voting process.
That said, it does make sense that Winslet would be involved in the Oscars this year more than any other.
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Aside from her own nomination for her role in Steve Jobs, this will likely be the year where she sees her good friend Leonardo DiCaprio take home his long-awaited Oscar for his performance in The Revenant. The Inquisitr has been documenting Winslet’s support of Leo during the awards season, and for many fans of the Titanic, it has been a joy to watch the two still interact and root for each other, after all these years.
Of her decision, Winslet told BBC,
“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. And he is my closest friend in the world, and I just couldn’t imagine not being there to support him.”
— E! Online (@eonline) February 10, 2016
When Leonardo DiCaprio won his first SAG award in his career, Winslet stood up from the table behind him and cheered him on. With a grin ear to ear, she gave DiCaprio a nice smooch and a giant hug before the actor ran up on stage to collect his award for his performance in the brutal film. This year more than ever before, insiders are selecting DiCaprio as the frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a motion picture, so Winslet’s predictions that the six-time Oscar nominee will finally win the award after so long is probably not far off.
That said, Winslet is cleaning up as well. She won a Golden Globe for her portrayal in Steve Jobs, and even though her co-star Michael Fassbender is up for an award against Leo, she’s still focused on her friend. Of her recent Golden Globe win, Winslet said, “I was shocked! To be honest with you, [it was] because I’ve been so focused on Leo and him winning everything and being so excited for him.”
As Winslet is on the Oscar trail with her friend, she’s shared a few thoughts on their past together. As the Inquisitr reported, Winslet gushed about her good friend and thinks he’s as handsome as ever.
“He’s a stronger actor in this moment than he’s ever been. I think he’s more handsome than he’s ever been. And he feels, to me, the most settled he’s ever felt, in himself, right now, which is quite strange, really, given that there’s a lot happening around him.”
The two are such good friends that DiCaprio walked her down the aisle for her marriage to Ned RocknRoll.
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