The people have spoken, but what will the Academy say?
Since 1994 (before some of us were even born), Leonardo DiCaprio has been receiving Oscar nominations. In 1994, it was a Best Supporting Actor Nom for his performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In 2005, Leo was nominated for Best Actor in The Aviator and then again in 2007 for Blood Diamond.
Seven years later in 2014, America’s favorite non-Oscar-Winner was nominated for Best Actor in The Wolf of Wall Street. There was some speculation that 2014 might finally be the year, but in the back of our minds, we all knew Matthew McConaughey deserved it for Dallas Buyers Club. (Come on, the man lost 38 pounds for the movie)
It’s 2016 now and Leo is once again nominated at the Oscars for Best Actor for The Revenant. People (the internet) really, really want Leo to win this time. So we decided to dig in to see if Leo is likely to bring home a little golden man on Sunday.
So far Mr. Dicaprio’s performance in The Revenant has won him a…
- BAFTA Film Award
- EDA Award
- Australian Film Institute International Award
- Awards Circuit Community Award
Critics Choice Award
- Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award
- Chicago Films Critics Association Award
- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award
- Denver Film Critics Society
- Dorian Award
- Georgia Film Critics Association
- Kanas City Film Critics Circle Awards
- Sierra Award
- Nevada Film Critics Society
- North Texas Film Critics Association
- Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
- San Diego Film Critics Society Award
- Satellite Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
- Seattle Film Critics Award
- St. Louis Film Critics Association
- Utah Film Critics Association Award
- Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
The award that’s most revealing in this long list is his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award.
For the past ten years, the actor who’s won Best Actor at the SAG Awards also won the Oscar for Best Actor. Every year. For the last ten years. This seems like a VERY promising sign for Leo. If he doesn’t win, it’ll be destroying a ten-year streak.
If you saw the movie, you can also safely conclude, Leo killed it in his performance!
He spent hours in a make-up chair everyday. He braved real elements (cold, snow, physical strain) to film this movie and he only had about one hour a day to nail his performance because the director wanted to shot using only natural light. Without giving anything away, for a good chunk of the movie all Leo can do is grunt and moan, and it’s the most passionate, pain-filled, believable and telling grunting and moaning ever. He steals the camera without saying a cohesive sentence.
The blogosphere and the past precedent seem to point to a clear Leo-Victory… but we will have to wait and see on Sunday.
Let us know if you think Leo should take home the Oscar or if you are rooting for another leading man!
Watch Leonardo DiCaprio (fingers crossed) win on Sunday at the Oscars and watch his award-winning performance in The Revenant for just $3 at Grafton, March 16-19 at 9:30p.