Few are bet­ting against Leo tak­ing home the stat­uette this year

CityPress - - News - GAYLE ED­MUNDS ged­munds@city­press.co.za

By crit­ics’ reck­on­ing, 2016 is the year of the lion.

Leonardo DiCaprio will fi­nally get to take an Os­car home for The Revenant. This is his fifth Os­car nom­i­na­tion for best ac­tor and, fresh from a Golden Globe win, he doesn’t have that much com­pe­ti­tion in his cat­e­gory.

Brit Michael Fass­ben­der is good as Steve Jobs, but this isn’t his year. Matt Da­mon won’t win for The Mar­tian, as en­ter­tain­ing as it was. Other Brit and last year’s win­ner Ed­die Red­mayne (The Dan­ish Girl) and Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) fill the other two slots.

It is def­i­nitely time for DiCaprio to make room for the lit­tle gold statue.

This year’s Os­car nom­i­na­tions have again at­tracted a back­lash for the list’s lack of di­ver­sity, and it is no­table that the only dif­fer­ence in the Best Ac­tor cat­e­gory names from last week’s Golden Globes to the Os­cars is that Will Smith (Con­cus­sion) has been re­placed by Da­mon, white­wash­ing it.

Also, the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor cat­e­gory does a sim­i­lar thing, ig­nor­ing Idris Elba’s per­for­mance in Beasts of No Na­tion to also make that cat­e­gory an all-white af­fair.

The Best Ac­tress cat­e­gory is likely to be a fight to beat Jen­nifer Lawrence. She’s the Meryl Streep of her gen­er­a­tion in more ways than one – not only is she the most con­sis­tently good ac­tress in the room (at 25 she’s chalk­ing up her fourth Os­car nom­i­na­tion, and Joy could be her sec­ond win af­ter tak­ing home the Golden Globe), if she’s in your cat­e­gory, she’s prob­a­bly go­ing to beat you. Streep, who has had 19 Os­car nom­i­na­tions in her ca­reer so far (and three wins), only got go­ing at the age of 30.

Lawrence’s big­gest com­pe­ti­tion will come from fel­low Golden Globe win­ner Brie Lar­son’s per­for­mance in Room. How­ever, Cate Blanchett (Carol), an­other se­rial nom­i­nee, is al­ways one to watch. Char­lotte Ram­pling (45 Years) gets her first nom­i­na­tion at the age of 70 and Saoirse Ro­nan (Brook­lyn), rounds out the cat­e­gory.

Best Film has the usual mix of crit­ics’ choices (Room, Spot­light, The Revenant, Brook­lyn) and crowd pleasers (The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Mar­tian), a change made a few years ago when the Os­car nom­i­na­tions had be­come so ob­scure that no one had seen any of the films. The Revenant will win, of course, mak­ing it two in a row for di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu (he won for Bird­man last year).

The di­ver­sity is­sue comes down to who votes for these films – last year the vot­ers were 94% white, 77% male, 2% black, 2% Latino and 5% Asian/Na­tive Amer­i­can, and 77% of them were 63 or older.

Given that Amer­ica’s pop­u­la­tion is only 75% white and 49.2% male, and only 14% are older than 65, it’s not de­mo­graph­i­cally rep­re­sen­ta­tive, but is in­dica­tive of where the money and in­flu­ence lie in Hol­ly­wood’s dream fac­tory.

ROAR­ING AHEAD Leonardo DiCaprio will prob­a­bly get hold of his first Os­car for his per­for­mance in The Revenant

HARD TO BEAT Jen­nifer Lawrence has al­ready won a

Golden Globe for Joy

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