King of the world

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By KRISTOPHER TAPLEY

THE fifth time was the charm for ac­tor Leonardo DiCaprio, who won the Best Ac­tor Os­car for his per­for­mance in Ale­jan­dro G. Inar­ritu’s The Revenant. DiCaprio had pre­vi­ously been nom­i­nated for What’s Eat­ing Gil­bert Grape ( 1993), The Avi­a­tor ( 2004), Blood Di­a­mond ( 2006) and The Wolf Of Wall Street ( 2013).

He was also nom­i­nated for Best Pic­ture as a pro­ducer of Wolf. In ad­di­tion to those no­tices, he has been Golden Globe- nom­i­nated six other times, for Ti­tanic ( 1997), Catch Me If You Can ( 2002), The De­parted ( 2006), Revo­lu­tion­ary Road ( 2008), J. Edgar ( 2011) and Django Un­chained ( 2013). He won for The Avi­a­tor, Wolf and Revenant, but the Os­car had been elu­sive.

“Thank you to Ale­jan­dro Inar­ritu and Chivo ( cin­e­matog­ra­pher Em­manuel Lubezki) for cre­at­ing a tran­scen­dent cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence,” DiCaprio said, Os­car

Leonardo DiCaprio is fi­nally an Os­car win­ner. ( fi­nally) in hand.

He went on to speak again about cli­mate change and how his ex­pe­ri­ence on the film only fu­elled his pas­sion in fight­ing it all the more. “Let us not take this planet for granted,” he said. “I do not take this night for granted.”

Much has been made through­out the sea­son of the hard­ships faced by the pro­duc­tion of The Revenant, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on DiCaprio’s work ethic. The star ate raw bi­son liver, learned how to shoot a mus­ket and speak two Na­tive Amer­i­can lan­guages ( Pawnee and Arikara), stud­ied with a doc­tor who spe­cialised in an­cient heal­ing tech­niques and was vi­o­lently tossed around by a stunt rig for the film’s har­row­ing bear- maul­ing se­quence.

The lat­ter took on a bizarre life of its own af­ter Matt Drudge pub­lished a bo­gus re­port that DiCaprio had been “raped” by the an­i­mal on set ( a claim that 20th Cen­tury Fox was even­tu­ally forced, in far­ci­cal fash­ion be­fit­ting an era where some­one like Don­ald Trump can be taken se­ri­ously in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, to de­bunk with a straight- faced de­nial).

In the run- up to the Academy Awards, mean­while, an 8- bit rac­ing game called Leo’s Red Car­pet Ram­page, which lam­pooned DiCaprio’s seem­ingly cursed Os­car track record, caught fire on­line.

All of that speaks to the pop cul­tural stay­ing power of DiCaprio’s nar­ra­tive this sea­son. What’s more, no other per­for­mance came along to truly chal­lenge him, with Steve Jobs star Michael Fass­ben­der be­ing per­haps the only nom­i­nee with an an­gle along the way. But the box of­fice fail­ure of that film was ob­vi­ously held against it by the Academy, which nom­i­nated it for just one other award ( Kate Winslet in Sup­port­ing Ac­tress) and even passed over writer Aaron Sorkin’s Golden Globe­win­ning, rat- tat- tat screen­play.

Other strong play­ers like Johnny Depp ( Black Mass), Michael B. Jor­dan ( Creed) and Will Smith ( Con­cus­sion) never even made it to the dance. – Reuters

“Why are we protest­ing? That’s the big ques­tion. Why this Os­cars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole black nom­i­nees thing has hap­pened at least 71 other times ... and black peo­ple did not protest. Why? Be­cause we had real things to protest at the time. Too busy be­ing raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cin­e­matog­ra­pher. You know, when your grand­mother is swing­ing from the tree, it’s re­ally hard to care about Best Doc­u­men­tary For­eign Short.”

“Jada’s gonna boy­cott the Os­cars? Jada boy­cotting the Os­cars is like me boy­cotting Ri­hanna’s panties. I wasn’t in­vited.”

“We’ve got a black Rocky this year. Some peo­ple call it Creed. I call it black Rocky. And that’s an un­be­liev­able state­ment, be­cause Rocky takes place in a world where white ath­letes are as good as black ath­letes. Rocky’s a sci­ence fic­tion movie. There are things that hap­pen in Star Wars that are more be­liev­able than things that hap­pen in Rocky.”

“What I’m try­ing to say is it’s not about boy­cotting or any­thing. It’s just we want op­por­tu­nity. We want the black ac­tors to get the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as white ac­tors. That’s it. And not just once. Leo gets a great part ev­ery year. All th­ese guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black ac­tors?” – Los An­ge­les Times/ Tribune News Ser­vice

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