Let’s face it; everyone and their brother has been waiting around for Leo to take home an Oscar. ‘The Revenant’ just landed him his fourth Best Actor nomination — and it should be his first win.
Will this finally be Leonardo DiCaprio‘s year? All signs point to yes. The movie, directed by last year’s winner, Alejandro Inarritu, is leading the race with 12 nominations so we can assume that it will at least take home some of those — but Leo deserves Best Actor, even with the incredible talent he’s up against.
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Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne? All top notch. For the first time in years, I find myself loving all the nominees in the category. However, with the role that Leo has played — and the fact that he’s never taken home an Academy Award, makes him all the more the perfect candidate.
Should someone win an Oscar just because they never have? No. Of course not. But that’s not the reasoning here — The Revenant was by far the most challenging role he’s ever taken on, and included barely any dialogue. For an actor to convey such strong emotion with no words is just as, if not more, impressive as an actor with an immense amount of dialogue.
It’s no secret that the Academy loves a real life struggle — one that Leo definitely went through for this movie. He ate raw bison liver, he crawled through half the movie, and he literally slept in a horse. The actors — Tom Hardy included — suffered through the entire making of the film, yet it didn’t hinder their skills in the least.
At the end of the day, any of the men who win this year are deserving; but this year, more than ever, is Leo’s. So, do you think this is Leo’s year?