Kate Winslet isn't following in the footsteps of colleagues like Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who are boycotting the 2016 Oscars - but it's in the name of friendship. The nominee, who is up for Best Supporting Actress, said she doesn't want to miss the opportunity to support her "closest friend in the world" Leonardo DiCaprio.
Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of her new film Triple 9, Kate told Press Association that she feels "very strongly" that Leo might finally win an Oscar for his performance in The Revenant.
"To be honest with you it's been such an incredible year for women, I'd feel that I was letting my side down if I didn't go," Kate said. "And also I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo's year and he's 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 has been endlessly supportive of her former Titanic co-star throughout awards season, previously saying it would "just be amazing" to see him win an Oscar after losing out on his four previous nominations.
"I do think it probably will be [him]," the Steve Jobs actress told the BBC at the London Critics' Circle Awards in January. "I think you can sort of feel it and I think that everyone wants it for him. It would just be amazing."
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The Hollywood pals, who have been friends for 20 years, often sing each other's praises. Leonardo has previously called his bond with the British actress "unbreakable", and the pair's strong friendship has been evident on the red carpet throughout awards season – much to the delight of fans who will never forget their unforgettable performances as Jack and Rose in Titanic.
"People are always so excited to see Leo and myself in the same space, which you know at the end of the day that is so lovely isn't it," Kate said on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, adding that herself and Leo recently remarked to each other: "My god can you actually believe that people get so overwhelmed by the Jack and Rose thing today?"