Finally, Leonardo DiCaprio gets his Oscar
- Saturday, 05 March 2016 10:16
After decades of waiting Leonardo DiCaprio finally got to walk home with an Oscar. there were so many occasions when Leonardo came close to winning an Oscar with other films, but the award always seemed to evade him. It was finally through The Revenant when this 41-year-old got to grab his first Oscar. even though this award came through his tough role in The Revenant, it can be argued that this award came along as a result of the many years of hard work in his many other fantastic films. The actor was the party – head in The Wolf of Wall Street, he was the young and energetic actor in Titanic, who fell in love with disaster stroke, he was the great Howard Hughes in the film The Aviator, and the crazy plantation owner of the famous Django Unchained. All these were some of the films which could have easily won Leonardo an Oscar, but somehow there was always someone who stole the party and took home the award instead.
The actor made his debut on big screens almost 25 years ago in the Critters 3. Over the decades, he got nominated several times, but he always had to wait. The Revenant, which was marked with a lot of bear mauling and a vengeance filled frontiersman helped Leonardo add a well, – deserved Oscars medal in his cabinet.
After walking up into the stage, Leonardo gave a heartfelt speech. His acceptance speech was not only about the movie and what the award meant to him but also had a few tips about the climate. He first of all started by thanking everyone who was involved in the making of the film. He thanked all the directors he has ever worked with. He then went ahead to give a warm thank you to his friends and family who he thanked for their unending support that they give him. Leonardo is well known for his passion for the matter about climate and leadership. This is why he was also thoughtful enough to talk about climate change and how it is a serious issue that leaders need to look into. He talked about how climate change if not taken care of will affect the many unprivileged people in the worldwide and the impact it will have for the coming generations. At one point he talked about how “…Unprivileged people who will be most affected by this (climate change) for our children’s children…” He then spared a moment and talked about the minority groups whose voices remain unheard and are still suffering from bad politics in their countries. He said “those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed” He completed the climate talk with an excellent statement that helped to show how much he appreciated winning the award “let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Winning an Oscar has always been a very hard task not just for the actors but also to producers and directors as well. Leonardo’s friend Martin Scorsese, for example, had to wait for decades before he finally bagged the best director Oscar award which he won with the film The Departed. Other actors have been nominated for the awards for so many times but just like DiCaprio they had to wait for so long before actually winning it. A good example of such actors is Meryl Streep. Meryl holds the record of being the thespian to have received the most Oscars nomination, 19 nominations! However, there is a massive gap of almost 30 years between her winning the first Oscar in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice as best supporting actor and the next Oscar which she won in 2012 for the film The Iron Lady.
The best chance that DiCaprio had previously of winning this award was in 2005 for his outstanding Hughes portrayal. The award, however, slipped him and landed on Jamie Foxx for the film Ray where he acted as Ray Charles. The other chance he had was way back in 1994 for his impressive performance on Gilbert Grape. Again, he got upended by Tommy Lee for the best supporting actor on the mission film The Fugitive.
The Revenant significantly helped to show the world about Leonardo’s other side. In this movie unlike many of the previous Leo’s films was not about his good looks or the charming character type of roles that he used to play. The Revenant was a rather silent – movie about Glass, who watched helplessly as his son got murdered, a man who survives a bear attack, a man who slept inside corpses of a horse and almost died due to harsh weather conditions before finally finding redemption.
It was a difficult and arduous journey getting to the Oscars for DiCaprio but what matter now is that he finally has the award. All the trolls that he used to face for not winning an Oscar are now quietly fading away because, at the moment, he’s the king!
Watch: Oscar Nominated Short Film 'We Can't Live Without Cosmos'
- Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:42
With the Academy Awards just a few days away, there’s no better time to watch one of the five nominated Best Animated Short Films. In addition to our top recommendation – Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (which you can watch here) – one of the other shorts available online is We Can’t Live Without Cosmos from Russian filmmaker/animator Konstantin Bronzit. The short follows two cosmonaut friends training for a mission in space. As Wired points out, this is “for every kid who went to Space Camp (or wanted to) and dreamed of one day doing real astronaut training with their best friend.” The short is entirely dialogue free and yet still conveys plenty of emotion. It’s now available to watch in full for free below – take a look. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Oscar Nominated Short Film ‘We Can’t Live Without Cosmos’