The saga continues for Leonardo DiCaprio.
More memes can be made with someone reminding DiCaprio he has no Oscar. Internet supports have flocked to his rescue, posting how much of a sham it is that he continues to get shut out.
Here’s the thing. Leo deserves an Oscar. He probably even deserved it more than Matthew McCanoughy. But did DiCaprio really want “Wolf on Wall Street” to be the movie he gets remembered for as his Oscar-winning performance? There wasn’t a sleazier movie more full of cuss words made last year.
I still argue he was better in “Great Gatsby,” which absolutely deserved Best Costume and Best Production Design (a secretly important award). Maybe it hurt his chances he was in two big movies in the same year. Maybe the Academy looked at his role in both movies and said, “Well, he’s a rich snob in both movies. The roles aren’t different enough.”
Or maybe the worst part about all of this is that McCanoughy has an Oscar and DiCaprio doesn’t. Of course, the theory with McCanoughy’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” is two-fold. First, the fact that he lost weight must’ve meant he was serious with his role this time. Because, you know, no other actor has done that before. Or two, and the more likely scenario, McCanoughy has been such a terrible actor for so long that his giving of a performance worthy of Oscar nomination must mean he’s improved tremendously (he hasn’t).
But a nicer guy couldn’t have won, at least, right? McCanoughy clearly gave the best speech and was direct about thanking God in front of his peers. He was the only one to do so all night, and he almost made a jab at the industry in general for completely ridiculing God. Who knows if he actually lives it out, but at least he was classy with that, so I’ll take what I can get. I like how he thanked the 6,000 members of the Academy as well, perhaps reminding people that there can’t be any politics with the Oscar’s because there are too many voters to skew the results. Nice try.
For example, “Gravity” might have been the big winner of the night, taking home all the technical awards such as Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Best Director. But let’s be honest, here. The movie caught so much flak for being ridiculously impossible in real-world (or I guess, in this case, real-orbital) settings that scientists from all over felt compelled enough to speak against details within the movie’s premise. But people in Hollywood quickly came to the movie’s defense with the classic “It’s just a movie” spiel. Well, now it’s a movie that has several Oscar’s to its name when more deserving works like “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and even “Iron Man 3” all probably deserved one or two of those awards just as much. In fact, the only reason Sandra Bullock didn’t beat out Cate Blanchett for Best Actress is because the Academy doesn’t deem acting in front of a green screen as truly great performances.
No McCanoughy, there are no politics at all.
I’m sure Ellen Degeneres was picked to host the Oscar’s for her entertainment value and not at all for her value within certain societal communities. Because she was just so cool with her smart phone posting selfie pictures to Twitter. She was so funny when she just randomly brings out a pizza delivery guy and gives away slices to her homies, because she’s just tight with them like that. Yeah, pure entertainment.
Heck, she went so beyond stupid, she was borderline making a mockery of the entire evening.
Thankfully, others were classy and humorous. Jim Carrey’s joke about confusing animation and LSD was funny (And sorry, Carrey, but the Academy doesn’t really count comedy as real acting, so get over your bitterness of never getting nominated for anything). Jennifer Lawrence handled another fall (she tripped while getting out of her limo upon arrival) with grace and laughter. Bill Murray was delicate and classy with his quick shout-out to his friend, the late Harold Ramis (quick trivia: This was the first time Murray ever appeared on state at the Oscar’s. Just sad).
The performances were wonderful. Pharrell’s “Happy” song from the Best Animated Film “Frozen” was fun to watch. The entire soundtrack for “Frozen” was great, including the Best Original Song “Let It Go.”
And finally, the Best Picture “12 Years A Slave” was the obvious choice. Not because it was actually the best movie, of course. I’m sure the controversial content of slavery and racism (cliché hot-button issues at this point) had nothing to do with its rave reviews. Not only that, but it probably won by default because of the other nominees. “American Hustle” (my favorite of the Best Pictures noms) and “Wolf On Wall Street” were too similar. “Gravity” wasn’t actually good enough to win Best Picture. “Dallas Buyers Club” might have been the best challenger, but “12 Years A Slave” was the easy, empathetic choice.