- Taylor Swift’s troubles on the road to finding the love of her life.
- Donald Trump’s bid to become Master of the Universe.
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s attempts to be considered less of of dickhead than Lionel Messi.
There are some quests that seem destined to fail. The above are some of the more infamous of our time and add to the list ‘Leonardo Di Caprio’s attempts to landed that much coveted Best Actor Oscar’. While most of us would call frequent Netflix and chill nights with some of the world’s most beautiful supermodels and having enough money in the bank to run a small country a great success, Leo hasn’t rested on those laurels and his attempt to secure acting’s ultimate accolade has become one of Hollywood’s most famous obsessions.
The obsession has seen the heart-throb of Romeo and Juliet and Titanic take on work in films with altogether more acting-cred than some of his earlier work. His performances in the likes of Inception, Shutter Island and Django Unchained showcased his versatility and skill; his performances in Blood Diamond, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed were attempts to marry that skill with a project likely to provide him with a chance of finally landing that golden statuette.
His performance in The Revenant is one of those that has become typical of mid-career Leo. A transformative role in an uncompromising film gets lots of filmkaing kudos. But notably his acting was deemed good enough to land a Golden Globe in a hugely competitive year. This is significant. Leo previously won Golden Globes for his role in The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street only to suffer disappointment in the Oscars, but by beating critically acclaimed performances of Micheal Fassbender in Steve Jobs and ‘defending champion’ Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, it appears this time could be for real. Leo is basically unbackable at odds of to finally get that Best Actor Oscar.
Di Caprio’s success heralded a big night for the movie. Alejandro G. Inarritu landed the Best Director accolade and the film itself won the title of Best Motion Picture (Drama). The knock-on effect of all that is:
– Inarritu is now to win the Best Director Oscar for the second year in a row
– The Revenant is second favourite to be Best Picture from odds of 11/2
– Spotlight is for Best Picture after being 8/15 before the awards
It wasn’t good news for everyone however and plenty of fake ‘I’m disappointed but I’m delighted for the winner’ faces had to be pulled by the losing nominees throughout the night. First and foremost is Carol, the tale of lesbian love in the 1950s. Much vaunted performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara failed to land any trophies and the actresses are (from 4/1) and (from 2/7) to win Oscars in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively whole the film is to be Best Picture.
It doesn’t really matter for Cate anyway as it looks like Brie Larson can start clearing space on her mantelpiece for her Best Actress gong. She’s for the award after her win on Sunday. It’s slightly more concerning for Mara. Kate Winslet defied the odds to win the Golden Globes’ Best Supporting Actress award and she’s now second favourite to win her second Academy Award.
The hotly-tipped Spotlight also failed to find success at the Globes, but it narrowly remains favourite to pick up the Best Picture Oscar () and Thomas McCarthy is a not impossible to land Best Director for the gritty drama.
Like those Tom Cruise rumours, Sly Stallone just refuses to go away and his late career resurgence got a shot in the arm courtesy of his surprise Best Supporting Actor win for Creed. He’s for the Oscar now after being available at 7/2 prior to Sunday’s ceremony.
The Oscar nominations are set be announced on Thursday and that should clear up things slightly more, but on the evidence of the Golden Globes, Leo could finally have the world at his feet and have the trophy to prove it.