During his illustrious career, Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated 136 times for various acting awards and has won 34 awards. But you may have heard that he has never won an Oscar. That’s right, he has all the wealth he could ever imagine, all the model poon he could ever dream of, but yet that coveted Oscar still eludes the legendary actor.
He has been nominated four times for an Academy Award. In 1994, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In 2005, he was nominated for Best Actor for The Aviator. In 2007, he was nominated for Best Actor for Blood Diamond. And in 2014, he was nominated for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street. He walked away with zero Oscars in all of those times.
I think Leo is tired of this not winning shit because he is laying the groundwork for an Oscar win. His upcoming movie, The Revenant, has looked tremendous in all of the trailers. Now DiCaprio is saying things that make him seem very Oscar-worthy.
During a Q&A session following a screening of The Revenant at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, DiCaprio told the media, “It was the most difficult film, I think, that any of us have ever done.”
Just give him the Oscar now.
The film’s director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, seemed to agree with DiCaprio, especially when it came to shooting the film in the remote and icy cold wilderness of Canada where temperatures often dipped to 30-below. “Conditions were against us all the time,” said Inarritu, who also directed Birdman. “I’m a tropical man from Mexico City.”
Inarritu said that they were so far north that they often only had 90 minutes a day to capture the perfect lighting.
“But those locations are so gorgeous and so powerful, they look like they have never been touched by a human being, and that’s what I needed. The light is very reduced here in winter, and we are not shooting with any electrical lighting, just natural light. And every single scene is so difficult — emotionally, technically.”
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DiCaprio did also say that his character doesn’t talk much because his in total isolation, plus a bear slashing his throat doesn’t help. “It was almost like a silent-movie performance.”
To help Leo’s chances at an Oscar this year, there is also an absence of a blow-you-off-your-seat contenders for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The strongest rivals for the award are Matt Damon and Johnny Depp. It just might be Leo’s lucky year.