Wednesday, July 18The Voice of London

The Revenant is coming; can we give Leonardo an Oscar now?

Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest movie, The Revenant, could give him an Academy Award. That’s right, the accomplished actor has a chance of winning an Oscar. DiCaprio has been the butt of jokes when it comes to his lack of an Oscar, even being coined “the best actor never to win an Oscar”.

Words: Tiasha Simon, Subeditor: Jason John

The Academy Awards is the most prestigious of movie awards, each year high profile actors are pitted against each other to decide on who’s the greatest, with the losers and other nominees faking smiles.

Leonardo DiCaprio has mastered this fake smile, and we don’t know if this is a laughable matter or simply upsetting.

His acting skills can’t be faulted, he is good at the craft, the effort he puts into his performances should be rewarded. Bad timing is to blame; DiCaprio has been nominated for Best Actor four times, losing each time to an equally as good performance by another competitor.

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The roles he’s been nominated for in chronological order are What’s Eating Gilbert (1994) when the actor was only 19 years old, The Aviator (2005), Blood Diamond (2008), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Each year, another worthy actor plunged in to win the award: In 1994, Leo lost out to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. 2005 saw him fail to receive the award against Jamie Foxx in Ray, 2008 was Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland, and 2014’s Oscars saw Matthew McConaughey take the title for Dallas Buyers Club.

To make matters worse, some of his challenging roles and different personas fail to get nominated at all. Django Unchained for example, the star cut his hand open during a scene yet still remained in character. Can’t we hand him an Oscar merely for that?

The new trailer shows DiCaprio doing what he does best- being an excellent actor. And there has already been a lot of talk around the movie, with people mistakenly thinking DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass gets raped by a bear (He doesn’t).

The film based on real events has been dramatized for Hollywood. The story follows legendary frontiersman Glass exploring the uncharted wilderness in the 1800s. When Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack (just an attack) and his hunting team leaves him for dead, he must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.

Sounds grueling, yet as long as Leonardo DiCaprio is evaded by an Oscar, we are sure to see him take on these should be award winning roles.

Let’s take a look at some of the actors Oscar worthy roles:

6. Gangs of New York (2002)

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Here we have the story of a crime boss and his mob in 19th century New York, dealing with issues of immigration and the Civil War.

Gangs of New York was nominated for 10 Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Sound Mixing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Actor.

The Best Actor nomination went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio co-star, even though DiCaprio was the film’s main character, playing the role of Amsterdam Vallon, who opposes Day-Lewis’ crime boss character.

5. Titanic (1997)

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At the age of 22, DiCaprio graced our screens for one of everyone’s most beloved role; Jack Dawson. The now classic movie about the sinking of the Titanic saw the actor give an outstanding performance.

The Academy seemed to agree that the movie was award worthy being  nominated for 14 Academy Awards and winning 11; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Song, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Original Song. Even Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress, whilst Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated for Best Actor.

We’re sorry Rose let you go Jack, and we are sorry the Academy let you down.

4. The Great Gatsby (2013) 

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In this glitzy movie, we got to see DiCaprio take on the role of the titular character Gatsby. Baz Luhrman’s remake of the classic Fitzgerald novel made over $350 million at the box office yet was only nominated twice at the Academy Awards, for Best Costume and Best Production Design. The film won both rewards, however unfortunately the actor was not rewarded.

Let’s hope DiCaprio is not as obsessed with the idea of an Oscar as Gatsby was over Daisy.

3. Django Unchained (2012)

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Quentin Tarantino’s film about slavery in the old west made over $400 million at the box office. The star studded film included performances by Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

DiCaprio was pushed to his limits, taking on the role of plantation owner Monsieur Calvin J. Candie. Upon playing the racist character it was reported that he had to stop filming a scene at one point because he was uncomfortable with his lines.

Yet again, the film did not bring in a win for the A-lister, with his co-star winning the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Quentin Tarantino winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

2. Shutter Island (2010)

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Taking on the role of Teddy Daniels, DiCaprio provided us with a chilling performance. Shutter Island was full with terrifying twists and turns with critics calling the film a work of art.

In the film the actor plays a U.S. Marshal who is looking into the disappearance of a patient from a mysterious psychiatric ward. The movie opened number one in the box office and was nominated for the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films award for Best Actor.

Despite critics agreeing that the part deserved an Oscar, the Academy snubbed the actor once more.

1. Inception (2010)

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2010 was a good movie year for the actor, with Inception also coming out. The movie which left everyone wondering what they had just witnessed saw DiCaprio playing a man who infiltrates the subconscious of people in order to steal important information, through sharing the targets dreams.

The film did well, yet DiCaprio didn’t, not even being nominated for Best Actor at any of the big award shows including the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It did win a few Academy Awards though including; Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. The film was also nominated in four more categories; Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Screenplay.

Watch the trailer for his latest film here:

The Revenant has a limited time release on 25th December in the USA, it official release UK release will be on 15th January 2016.