Now that the Harvey Weinstein allegations have burst into the mainstream, Kate Winslet revealed that back in 2009, she deliberately left Harvey’s name out of her acceptance speech for best actress at the Academy Awards.
Winslet took the award home for her role in The Reader, a post-World War II drama set in Berlin that the Weinstein Company distributed.
Harvey, who is famous for aggressively and successful campaigning for Oscars, pushed very hard for Kate to win. Usually, performers thank Harvey for his role in films, but Kate Winslet chose to thank nineteen other people instead.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Kate said her decision was “absolutely deliberate” because he didn’t exhibit good behavior.
The actress claimed, “I remember being told, ‘make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember saying, ‘No, I won’t. No, I won’t,” and it had nothing to do with him being ungrateful. It’s because he was not “well-behaved.”
She went on to say that Harvey often demonstrated “bullying and nasty” behavior like telling her, “Don’t forget who gave you your first movie,” after grabbing her by the arm.
According to the star of Titanic, Harvey even badgered legendary producer, Sydney Pollack when he was lying in bed about to pass away. When referring to the making of the movie, she said, “I can’t even begin to describe the disgraceful behavior that went on.”
Additionally, last week, Kate spoke about the recent allegations saying that the fact that women are talking about it now is both incredibly brave and profoundly shocking.
She added, “talented young women” should not have to deal with such misconduct in the workplace, ever.
In other news, Winslet is currently on the end of Oscar talk for her performance in the Woody Allen flick, Wonder Wheel. Allen recently claimed the public should be “cautious” when throwing accusations around that way men aren’t unjustly accused of crimes they may not have committed.