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Kate Winslet won’t boycott Oscars because she wants to support Leo

The actress weighs in on the Oscars diversity controversy
Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet has been one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s strongest supporters throughout this year’s awards season, and now the Steve Jobs star has revealed she will be attending the Oscars to support her “closest friend in the world”.

“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,” she told the BBC.

“And I also 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.

“And I think those are reasons enough, really, to show my face.”

Kate and Leo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year. Photo: Getty

Kate’s comments come after weeks of debate around the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, with actress Jada Pinkett Smith calling for a boycott due to the lack of diversity across the major categories.

This is the second year in a row the Academy Awards have nominated 20 white actors and actresses, and it’s prompted several stars – including George Clooney, director Spike Lee and Daniel Radcliffe – to speak out.

“I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. I think that’s absolutely true,” George said in a recent interview.

“We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it.”

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