Kate Winslet is joining the chorus of Hollywood stars condemning the abuse of power within their industry. Though she didn’t name names, the Oscar winner made clear in her acceptance speech at the London Critics’ Circle film awards on Sunday that she had “bitter regrets” over her decisions to work with certain powerful Hollywood players. She noted that huge turnouts for the Women’s Marches had inspired her to speak up.
“As women around the world and from all walks of life marched last weekend, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have about poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not,” Winslet said. “It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men.” She added, “there are directors, producers, and men of power who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work by both this industry and moviegoers alike.”
It’s not hard to figure out who she might mean. Winslet’s most recent starring film was Wonder Wheel, directed by Woody Allen. Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long accused him of molesting her as a child. Allen continues to deny this, but recently several stars (including Timothée Chalamet and Greta Gerwig) have expressed regret over working with him. In a December op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Farrow specifically called out Winslet’s silence on the matter, writing that “it breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it.”
Winslet also worked with Harvey Weinstein, the powerhouse producer who was accused of sexual harassment by scores of women last fall, kicking off the ongoing #MeToo/Time’s Up movement to out predators and stand with victims. Weinstein produced the 2008 film The Reader, for which Winslet won the Best Actress Oscar.