Kate Winslet explains to reporters on Tuesday that she's attending the Oscars so she can be there to support Leonardo DiCaprio

By Michael Miller
Updated February 10, 2016 05:30 PM
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Sure, Kate Winslet’s nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year – but there’s another reason why the actress says she would never miss attending the ceremony.

“I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo’s year,” Winslet said about DiCaprio at the London premiere of her latest film, Triple 9 on Tuesday, according to Vanity Fair. “He is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn’t imagine not being there to support him.”

DiCaprio is widely considered to be an Oscar frontrunner for his lead role in The Revenant. If he wins, it will be his first time taking home the award after four previous nominations.

Winslet has stayed close with the actor since they burst onto the scene together as romantic interests in Titanic back in 1997.

“He’s a solid, loyal person,” Winslet recently told PEOPLE. “He’s a great friend, he always has been, and not just to me, but to everyone around him. He still has friends he had when we made Titanic.”

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In addition to supporting DiCaprio, Winslet explained another reason why she won’t be joining some celebs in boycotting the event despite the lack of minority nominees.

“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,” Winslet told reporters, including the BBC. “I think those are reasons enough really to show my face.”

Winslet, meanwhile, is nominated for the seventh time in her career for her role in Steve Jobs. She previously took home the Oscar for best actress in 2009 for The Reader.