King of the world
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