BY RUBEN A. MUJICA
Story Update: Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar on Feb. 28, 2016, for best actor in The Revenant. The Revenant was also awarded two other Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography.
At the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on February 28, America and the world will tune in to see if Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar for Best Actor. He was nominated for his work in The Revenant, which has twelve nominations total, including best picture.
DiCaprio was previously nominated for his roles in The Aviator, The Departed, and Blood Diamond. What started as a funny tidbit that an actor who has worked with the best directors of our generation, Martin Scorsese, Alejandro Inarritu, and James Cameron, still has not won an Academy Award, has become a widespread internet joke.
In his latest role, the actor went through a grueling movie shoot, which he called, “a living hell”. For the film he ate raw bison liver, swam in freezing water, exposing himself to hypothermia, daily five-hour prosthetic and make-up sessions, and taking on a role with very little dialogue. The movie was both a financial and critical success with over $250 million at the box office, on a $135 million budget.
Much like a presidential candidate, DiCaprio has gone above and beyond his peers to win an Oscar. The American fans have to wonder if the Academy holds a grudge against the actor for his former status as teen heart-throb before he took on “serious” movie roles such as The Aviator and The Departed. He risked his health for the gold statue. Still there is no guarantee he will actually win the award, as he faces strong contention from Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston, and Matt Damon. In the end, he still may not win and the moviegoers will wonder why one of the best actors of this generation still does not have an Oscar.