Leonardo DiCaprio and the Oscars are incompatible things. Let’s see whether he wins one this time around.
Leo began his journey in the mid 90s. Currently, he is a favorite to win an Oscar for The Revenant. Many have taken to calling 2016 as Leo’s year.
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This however is not the first time that Leo has been up for a nomination. It’s his fifth nomination. In 1994, he was nominated for his role in the movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. At the age of 19, he was a young contender.
Leo lost out to Lee Jones for his role in The Fugitive. Later on he would lose his nominations for other roles in The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street.
This time around though, Leo’s chances of winning an Oscar are inevitable. Not only does he deserve it, it was about time he got the recognition he so badly needs to spruce up his image.
There is only one chance in a hundred that he will not make it this time. The major problem is that Oscar voting is not a thing set in stone. It is a very quirky and whimsical act of selection rather than election. The inside stuff remains inside.
The film industry has its own inner machinations and dirty politics. There are obviously no friends in show business. The sensitivity of the process cannot be emphasized enough. There is also the “deservability” factor.
Many voters who want (or don’t want) someone to win may not pay heed to other facets of his or her personality. Kate Winslett, who is a great Leo fan herself (and of course his costar of Titanic fame) has been fighting for his right to get an Academy Award after the original Titanic moment where he didn’t get an award for Best Actor.
Kate too was a loner for awhile after the Titanic. Only when she got an Oscar for The Reader in 2008, did the audiences heave a sigh of relief. She had been vindicated.
Kate Winslett herself is up for a nomination for her role in Steve Jobs this time around. As for Leo, he has worked in movies as far apart as Gangs of New York, Catch Me If You Can and The Departed. The problem is that though Titanic did get many awards, Leo never got one for Best Actor. Couple that with the fact that he has been persistently ignored and you get a feel for his pain.
Leo poured his sweat, blood and tears into the movies he played characters in. Surely he deserves an Oscar or two for his relentless struggle to excel in his chosen field of endeavor.
Yet this actor par excellence remains an enigma. He was almost androgynous in his early roles. Soon he approached maturity though. Leonardo’s parents were bohemians so they let him do his own thing.
He is extremely attached to them though. In one of his films, he plays Arthur Rimbaud. Leo had to play homosexual scenes with the other character that played Paul Verlaine. It was kind of odd but a requirement of the screen.
Leo’s father was a great fan of Rimbaud and he read Rimbaud’s works. He wanted Leo to work in a movie portraying Rimbaud. The actor is curious and loves to explore.
He has kept his private life a secret though. Despite the high profile models he dates, he likes to keep a low profile. Mainly, Leo is an activist. He has donated millions of dollars to environmental causes.
Leo takes the good with the bad. Although he has not won an Oscar in such a long time, he remains satisfied with his lot. Not a single complaint has been heard coming from Leo. He knows his time will come.
This time his movie The Revenant is the sort of stuff that sheer, raw and brutal energetic films are made of. It carries connotations of the survival for survival’s sake biopic.
There is the wilderness and man in his quest to eke out a living. Leonardo goes through thick and thin to make it out alive from the predicament he finds himself in.
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Among other things, he wrestles a bear, sleeps in a dead horse’s carcass and fords an ice cold river. It was tough making it through the shooting of the movie. Yet he made it and he might be up for an Oscar tomorrow. Good luck, Leo!