Kate Winslet knew Harvey Weinstein was a major creep when she won her Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader and as a result, she deliberately left him out of her acceptance speech.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 16, 2017
Winslet tells the Los Angeles Times: “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.’ And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”
Winslet also says that whenever she saw Weinstein, he would always reminder her that he produced her first movie, Heavenly Creatures, and would tell her, “Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.” She also calls Weinstein “rude” and “very hard to deal with.”
The Times goes into detail about the drama surrounding the production of The Reader, noting that Harvey allegedly “badgered producer Sydney Pollack on his deathbed and harassed the widow of Anthony Minghella, also a producer on the film.”
Of Harvey, Winslet has this to say: “The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened and I’m sure the feeling is universal.”1