Friday, 7 March 2014

We'd Rather Have a Cool Leo Than an Oscar

By Haroon Riaz

So Leo lost again.

I know what Leo fans must be thinking out there.

Vanity Fair wrote that Leonardo DiCaprio may not win any time soon enough, unless he becomes a different kind of actor.

Because the Academy has this unspoken policy of not awarding it to the cool guy.

You know folks like Leo and Cary Grant.

And of handing them to jerks like Matthew McConaughey who would thank no one but himself.

I bet Matthew McConaughey thought Dallas Buyers Club was all about him. 

And hell, Leo is too cool for the Oscars.

So what if he didn't win the Oscar.

He's not the only one.

Tom Cruise, Robert Redford (ah, the look on his face at the Golden Globes this year), Steve McQueen, Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt.

OK he just won this time, but at least not for his acting.

Oscars suck. Oscars don't matter.

But hey, maybe we are talking about this because Oscars do matter.

The whole world watched it.

And Leo deserves his due place in it, instead of just being offered pizza by Ellen DeGeneres.

And what of Leo's performance.

His amazing portrayal of a greedy and morally corrupt Wall Street broker was nothing like we have ever seen before.

And does anything this year comes even close to his performance in that infamous cerebral palsy scene?

Not just that. The poor fellow had to explain why he made a film glorifying greed everywhere he went.

So what went wrong?

Does the Academy only value performances that involve physical transformation?

But let's see the bright side of the picture.

McConaughey was not the only one in the race.

There was this great performance from Chewetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave that would have won so easily.

And perhaps an even stronger presence was that of Bruce Dern, playing a man searching his life's treasure.

And don't forget there was the sexy Christian Bale with a real physical transformation in American Hustle.

If the Academy really is into awarding winners for physical transformation, Bale probably would have been their second choice.

So Leo would not have been the obvious choice anyway.

But who cares about the Oscars?

The bright side of the picture is that Leo consistently carries on choosing great roles.

Frank Abagnale Jr in Catch Me If You Can, Howard Hughes in the Aviator, Calvin Candie in Django Unchained and Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street.

He's somebody who is cool enough and is not afraid to play a wicked guy.

And that's what his fans really need.

Don't freak out.

It's not the end of the world.

Just like the Vanity Fair article said, we'd rather have a cool Leo than an Oscar winning one.


Haroon Riaz is Creative Manager at StudioBloop.  

For the complete list of 2014 Oscar winners, click here

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