The 88th Academy Awards will be viewed by millions this Sunday and all eyes will be on Leonardo DiCaprio. Will he finally win an Oscar this year? His performance in The Revenant is hailed as his best yet.
DiCaprio is competing for the Academy Award for Best Actor against Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, Matt Damon in The Martian, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl.
This is his fifth nomination in an acting category, with past nominations for The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and The Wolf of Wall Street. His earliest nomination was in 1994 for Actor in a Supporting Role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Then of course, there’s the slap in the face of not having been nominated at all for his fantastic performances in Titanic and The Great Gatsby.
This year, he’s got a huge chance to come out on top. His role in The Revenant was so physically demanding — he spent nearly half the movie crawling on the ground, eating dirt. The role required a great deal of commitment, perseverance and talent. He slept in an animal carcass, endured freezing weather, and dragged himself across icy Canadian grounds. The lengths he went to make his character and performance compelling make him the obvious choice for an Oscar.
And I’m not the only one who thinks so. The Internet has blown up with viral memes demanding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences give DiCaprio an Oscar. A few Ryerson students also agree that it’s about time his hard work pays off.