It looks like everyone is behind Leonardo DiCaprio’s eventual Oscar win. Actor and nominee Eddie Redmayne came out in support of DiCaprio taking home the gold. Redmayne won last year for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but he’s also going head to head with Leonardo DiCaprio this year for The Danish Girl.
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That said, Redmayne is rooting for DiCaprio to take it home.
“[Leonardo is] definitely going to win and should. I feel excited just to be invited to the party, frankly.”
DiCaprio has taken home most of the awards this season for playing Hugh Glass in The Revenant. DiCaprio has won a SAG award, a Golden Globe, the Critic’s Choice, and other big awards that have come during award season. With those odds in his favor, Redmayne is right in his prediction. It’s DiCaprio’s to lose.
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Redmayne isn’t alone in his support of Leo winning an Oscar after five nominations. DiCaprio’s good friend Kate Winslet is 100 percent behind DiCaprio taking home the award. This is all despite starring alongside Michael Fassbender, who’s nominated against Leo for the film Steve Jobs. Recently, the Inquisitr reported that Winslet, who’s also nominated for Steve Jobs as Best Supporting Actress, told BBC News that she will not boycott the Oscars. The reason? Simply because she wanted to see her best friend Leo (or as DiCaprio calls her “homegirl”) win the Oscar.
“To be honest with you, it has been such an extraordinary year for women, I’d feel like I was letting my side down if I didn’t go, and also I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo’s year. And he is my closest friend in the world, and I just couldn’t imagine not being there to support him.”
This isn’t the only time where Winslet gushed about her friend. Earlier in the year, Kate said about her Titanic and Revolutionary Road co-star.
“He’s a stronger actor in this moment than he’s ever been. I think he’s more handsome than he’s ever been. And he feels, to me, the most settled he’s ever felt, in himself, right now, which is quite strange, really, given that there’s a lot happening around him.”
As stated, predictions that DiCaprio will take it all isn’t out of the realm of believability. Aside from already winning a ton of awards for his portrayal, DiCaprio is also showing up where it counts this time around.
Peggy Siegal, a seasoned pro who gives stars Oscar advice, once advised DiCaprio at a party in St. Barths. Siegal recounts the encounter.
“He said, ‘When am I going to win? I’ve had four nominations.’ And I said, ‘When you’re in a wheelchair you’ll get the Irving Thalberg award.’ He was not happy about that. A year later, I said, ‘It’s your year, you’re winning. You’ve got to do the campaigning, you’ve got to go to the mats because you’re going to win.’ I’m not the only one who said this to him.”
Prior to this Oscar season, DiCaprio has been accused of not giving in to Oscar voters by failing to show up to red carpet events and celebratory parties that put stars in the position to rub elbows with Oscar voters. In the past, it’s said that this cost DiCaprio his chances at scoring an Oscar.
This year, DiCaprio goes up against Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs).
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