Give Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar! Sorry…had to get that out of my system.
With “The Revenant” release date approaching people are anxiously waiting to see if DiCaprio has finally made a film that Academy will recognize enough to give him his long-awaited Oscar.
Okay I’m sorry I need to get it further out of my system. I’m just saying, in the last three years, the Academy seems more determined to give their awards so quickly to younger “talent” even if their work is not the most complex or brilliant. In fact, the last three years has seen multiple first timers win including Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” and Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”. There were a couple others but I’m trying not to be bitter.
Not saying these weren’t fine performances, but it felt more like the Academy was trying to either start building a younger group to take over as the older generations passed. Especially when several older, veteran actors were still delivering more complex material. Michael Keaton’s lead role in “Birdman”was a clever combination of meta-realism on the actor’s real life while creating a new character in the story itself. Some were actually shocked Keaton lost given how much likability he had. The director even singled him out during the Best Picture speech as the reason the film was a success. Interestingly enough, the director of “Birdman”, Alejandro G. Inarritu, is the man who directed “The Revenant”. My hope, and the hope of many who have rooted for DiCaprio’s Oscar glory since “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”, is that a director fresh off the film that dominated the Oscars last year will take that momentum and use it to push DiCaprio to the front of the contenders.
With other competitors like Michael Fassbender in the third version of Steve Jobs in three years and Redmayne doing yet another mainly physical role as the first transsexual in “The Danish Girl”, I hope that DiCaprio stands out for his more original character which has been highlighted in early reporting for him being so devoted to the role he ate raw bison liver and slept in animal carcasses! I mean you want to talk about devotion to your work…DiCaprio deserves three Oscars on that alone!
Let us not be mistaken here, this must be DiCaprio’s year. To allow any other actor to win based on the nominees now would be contrast to political ballot stuffing. His role is the only one that is standing out for being it’s own thing. Much like Brie Larson’s maddeningly human role of Ma in this year’s “Room”, there is no reliance on civil rights, race issues, or even political affiliation. These are human roles that are not dictated by an outward factor. Just the actor and the stage around them, whether it’s a whole wilderness or a tiny room.
Don’t believe me? Well then check out these four new stills that illustrate DiCaprio’s intensity in “The Revenant” as lead character Hugh Glass, a real life frontiersman that inspired the 2002 novel of the same name by author Michael Punke that, in turn, inspired the film. These photos alone show…you either give DiCaprio his Oscar or he’s going to get his revenge. And worse? He’ll have millions of fans ready to go to war with pitchforks if they don’t. Check out the stills below:
“The Revenant” is being marked as 156 minutes long (2 hours and 36 minutes) and co-stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. Hardy is also expected to get Oscar buzz in the Best Supporting Actor category as the character John Fitzgerald. The film is set to be released December 25, 2015 to get it in for Oscar nominations and will have a wide release January 6, 2016.