Kate Winslet had no intention of thanking Harvey Weinstein while accepting a Best Actress award for “The Reader” at the 2009 Academy Awards.
“I remember being told ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t,'” she revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. “And it was nothing to do with not being grateful,” she insisted. “If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”
Winslet, now 42, recalled reoccurring unsavoury encounters with the film studio executive. “For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything.”
“Then later, with ‘The Reader’, same thing,” she added. “‘I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you.’”
The “Titanic” star recently called Weinstein’s alleged behaviour “reprehensible and disgusting” in an interview with Variety.
Winslet upcoming roles include an English voice over for the Japanese anime fantasy film, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”, directed by “Spirited Away” key animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
The actress will also reunite with director James Cameron for the highly-anticipated “Avatar” sequel.