I’m no movie expert, but I keep my ears and eyes open what happens around oscar season and one of the big talks is the Best Actor category. While some talk about a weak year of performances, other’s call out a strong list of actors, it’s… weird.
Either way, the big talk is, especially after the Golden Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio. But why is that? The amount of support he receives for his first possible Oscar is huge, the internet loves him. Sure, the internet would also love to see him get nominated and robbed to make an armada of memes out of it, but right now there’s a lot of people who want to see him win an oscar, but there’s other actors who did amazingly well, too.
Speaking from personal experiences, this huge support might come from the fact that Leo starred in a lot of impressives roles where he never got an oscar for, sometimes not even a nomination. In recent times, we saw his brillant performance in Django Unchained with his, now legendary, improvised scene where he was so in-character he broke the glass, accidentally cut himself with it and smeared the blood over Kerry Washingtons face. And Christoph Waltz won best Supporting Actor for Dr Schultz in the same movie. As Will Smith already noted, when he read the script: Django is not the main character, Schultz is. Waltz was awesome, I highly enjoyed his performace and I love the entire movie, but to me it was a mystery why he didn’t win “Best Actor”, because Dr Shultz really does feel like the actual leading role and not Django.
Then there’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Five Oscar nominations, not a single one awarded. I’m not saying 12 years a slave didn’t deserve the win, or that Matthew McConaughey wasn’t anthing but impressive in Dallas Buyers Club, but Leo’s performance in Wolf of Wall Street was arguably his best one to date – and that’s including a long line of top notch performances. I’d go as far and speculate, maybe this movie is the biggest reason so many people support Leo. He’s been presenting us one great performance after the other and Wolf of Wall Street sticks out as his best.
He didn’t get his oscar for Gilbert Gape, he didn’t get it for Aviator, neighter for Blood Diamond and this brilliant performance in Wolf of Wall Street was overlooked as well. There have been a lot of actors nominated a bunch of times that never got an oscar, I think the record is 8 nominations and no oscar, but in Leo’s case I guess a lot of peoplke feel like he finally “deserves” it, because he delivered consistenly great movies and outstanding roles.
I’m sure his next nomination is a given and he’s probably one of the top contenders for Best Actor this year. I will go see the Revenant tomorrow and see for myself, if he deserves the golden statue for his performance this year. I don’t like awards given to actors for less significant roles, because they didn’t get it for their most outstanding one before. That’s just a bad consolation prize.
Either way, Oscar or not, DiCaprio is a great actor. He got 20 seconds of standing ovations at the Golden Globes, they’ll give him at least 1 minutes of standing ovations at the Oscars. Everyone knows he deserves it. And if he doesn’t win? Well, then the internet has one hell of a great time with countless of funny Leo memes and will look forward to his next nomination to start the hype all over again.