by Graham Pierrepoint
Mark the date in your calendar – this year’s Academy Awards, celebrating the best in movie making and acting talent, is set to take place on February 28, hosted by comedian and actor Chris Rock – and with the nominees having been unveiled this week, a number of choices have already got tongues wagging. ‘Best Picture’ looks to be a hard fought battle between well-known critical successes Mad Max : Fury Road, The Martian, Bridge of Spies and The Revenant, but for many, it’s the fight for ‘Best Actor’ Oscar that many will be holding out for.
This is because Leonardo DiCaprio – now in his third decade in Hollywood – is lined up for his role in The Revenant, and as many will tell you, the actor is yet to pick up an Oscar for himself. DiCaprio has played a number of iconic, award-worthy characters over the years, but has yet to pick up the coveted Academy Award – with this fact being a source of jokes on the internet. From acclaimed performances in The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, Inception and The Departed – through to his recent turn in critical favorite The Revenant, many are mystified that DiCaprio has yet to convert his arguable talent into an Academy Award. This has set many thinking – will 2016 be the year?
While many believe that this will be the case, some are not so sure – DiCaprio face stiff competition in the form of The Martian’s Matt Damon (a role in which he spent the majority of the movie isolated from other characters), Eddie Redmayne’s role as a man undergoing gender reassignment in The Danish Girl, and critical favorites Bryan Cranston and Michael Fassbender for Trumbo and Steve Jobs respectively. Certainly, this seems to be one of the strongest years that the Oscars has seen for some time – meaning that DiCaprio could have his work cut out for him.
Cate Blanchett remains a favorite to win Best Actress for her role in Carol, alongside rising star Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Jennifer Lawrence for Joy. Supporting Actor nods could go to veterans Sylvester Stallone, Mark Ruffalo or Christian Bale – up against Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, while Supporting Actress could see an award go to Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alicia Vikander or Rachel McAdams. While it’s far too early to say who will win just yet – mark the date in your diary and get ready for what could be a history-making evening in Hollywood this February!