The Oscar nominations are finally out and people are already starting to speculate who will walk home with the Hollywood’s most celebrated prize. When cinephiles will look the nomination list for the Oscars, one name is sure to strike their mind, the name of legendary actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
A lot has been written, published, discussed, and documented about Leonardo DiCaprio’s unfulfilled quest of the Oscars. Despite being nominated for six Oscar Awards, including the latest one for the movie The Revenant, the versatile 41-year-old Hollywood star is yet to win a single Oscar award for his acting.
His latest movie, The Revenant is set to create an Oscar buzz as it is nominated for a whopping 12 categories including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for which Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were nominated.
Leo, who has already bagged a Golden Globe Award last Sunday night and as reported by The Daily Mail, when he was questioned if this would finally be his year to come out smiling from the Oscar Awards, he opted for a diplomatic resort.
He said the following.
“I do know that it’s completely beyond my control at this point. It’s interesting, because that’s not why you do the work, you know?”
“You do the work because you love making movies and you want to look back and have a filmography that you’re proud of.”
“When you’re on set you have to give everything that you possibly can while you’re there but of course being recognised by your peers and all that other stuff that happens is kind of the cherry on the cake so to speak.”
“But all the work from me has been done, I’ve done everything I could possibly do, so it’s all up to you to decide whether it’s worthy of being seen or talked about or awarded.”
When Leo says he has done everything for the film The Revenant, he makes a strong case. The actor ate a raw slab of bison’s liver, even though he is vegetarian. He also learnt to shoot a musket, build a fire, speak two Native American languages (Pawnee and Arikara). In an attempt for true grit in his role he also studied with a doctor who specializes in ancient healing techniques.
The role of war hero Glass, for which DiCaprio was nominated for the Best Actor for Oscars, as he puts it, was the toughest of his career. The entire crew had to work in the subzero temperatures of Canada and when snow started melting abruptly, the filming unit had to be shifted to Argentina. Just to portray his character realistically, DiCaprio got naked in -5C temperature, swam through the glacier river, and even performed some of the stunts himself.
When asked why he did not use the meat replacement for the bear scene, the Oscar nominee replied that he had witnessed Arthur Recloud (Hikuc) eating bison on the set all day and when the scene came for him to eat the bison liver, they gave him this red gelatinous “pancake” that looked so unrealistic that he decided to eat the real thing in the scene. He later admitted that he “would never, never do that again.”
Leo is certainly one of the most iconic actor of this generation and he has always been setting new acting levels in Hollywood. Be it pretending to be wealthy influential conman all day long (Jordan Belfort for Wolf Of Wall Street), or sleeping in animal carcasses (The Revenant), the output Leo produces is fascinating and often groundbreaking.
Though the highly coveted grand Oscar prize has eluded him for the five previous ceremonies, if Leo does not get an Oscar this time, one has to wonder, like he himself did, what can he possibly do more than just get nominated?
Though there are many cinema personalities who are considered legends despite winning the Oscar awards but the victory would surely as he mentions, would be a icing in the cake for his already resplendent career.
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