No, no DiCaprio
Barring an asteroid making a beeline for our planet, it’s the safest bet in the world: Next Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio is going to win an Oscar. And it will take an even greater freak occurrence to change our minds about this: He shouldn’t.
That’s no diss on DiCaprio himself. He’s a very fine actor. He should have even won the trophy two years ago, after he bulldozed his way through “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a turn that required copious energy and movie star charisma.
Meanwhile, in “The Revenant,” which will likely nab him his first Goldie, he crawled across snow, swam through cold water and growled like the Muppets’ Animal. He suffered for his art, but only physically.
He’ll be rewarded for his troubles, because the Academy, like countless award bodies already, have bought into his rhapsodies about how superhard “The Revenant” was to make. Still, people may one day notice he doesn’t get the chance to do anything but hurt. His film is essentially a documentary about an actor who really, really wants his Oscar. Reward “The Martian’s” Matt Damon instead!
Will this be Leo’s year? We’ll find out on Sunday Feb. 28, but we wish DiCaprio would win for something other than “The Revenant.” TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX