By Divya Putty
Many actors submit themselves to dangerous and life-threatening tasks on their film sets in order to portray a character and deliver their story in the best way possible. Similarly, the Oscars, a prestigious film awards ceremony acknowledges these types of movies, actors, and directors that have achieved great success through their story, performance, or direction. Despite their efforts, the Academy has consistently failed to recognize one actor who has gone above and beyond for every role.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who is regarded as film royalty, received his first Oscar nomination in 1993 for best supporting actor in the film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” Since then, he has earned three other best actor nominations in “The Aviator” (2004), “Blood Diamond” (2006) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). Since he has been in many successful films, many believe DiCaprio should have already won an Oscar. While he is one of many highly valued actors without an Academy Award, Dicaprio doesn’t seem annoyed by his streak of almost-wins.
“I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of,” DiCaprio said in an interview with The Huffington Post.
However in his latest movie, “The Revenant,” several fans and critics have high expectations for DiCaprio’s win at this year’s Oscars.
“The Revenant” is an intense drama based on a frontiersman, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), trekking through the wilderness with his partners. After being mauled by a bear and abandoned by his companions, he seeks revenge on his abandoners and while simutaneously surviving in the bitterly cold uncharted land of the American frontier.
Out of all his films, “The Revenant” is DiCaprio’s first film where nature is his prominent enemy. Fans have seldomly seen DiCaprio take on a story where survival depends on motivation and help is nonexistent.
“The Revenant” is not the ordinary, overdone drama with conflicting relationships and inconsequential, everyday problems. It is about a man’s will to survive. DiCaprio has faced many challenging tasks throughout the making of this film to portray the character realistically.
“I can name thirty or forty sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do…Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set [raw bison liver],” DiCaprio said in Vanity Fair.
Hopefully, DiCaprio’s commitment to the character and the story will finally earn him the Academy Award he deserves. Soon enough, time will reveal if this will be his year or if the Academy will snub him yet again on February 28.