The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio’s gold ticket to the Oscars?

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Will this be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally joins the legion of Academy Award winners? Word on the street is that The Revenant, due to hit theaters December 25th, could finally be the moment for Leo to shine in Best Actor glory.

Since bursting into the Hollywood spotlight as a teen actor in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Leo has been given four nods from the Academy, yet every time he’s come up short. For those not in the know, it’s probably a surprise to hear that one of the most critically acclaimed actors in his generation has yet to receive a Best Actor award for his work.

Luckily, The Revenant, adapted from a novel of the same name and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, might be the game changer for Dicaprio. The director is the first Mexican-born director to win the Prix de la mise en scene at the Cannes Film Festival. He’s also churned out crowd favorites including Babel (2007) and Birdman (2014).

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The film itself is a western adventure-thriller biopic transplanted in gritty tale of revenge. Leo co-stars with actor Tom Hardy and plays a character that sets out for revenge against those who left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear. For the role, the actor endured grueling shoots, ate raw bison liver, and worked with a live bear. Of the film, Leo said that it was “the most difficult film, I think, that any of us have ever done.”

With all the components for a great film role, maybe this could really be the one where he finally gets to snag that Best Actor award. But keep an eye out and knock on wood because the Oscars race has long begun – Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Matt Damn (The Martian) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) are also major contenders for the little gold statue.

Nevertheless, may the best actor win!
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