And the 86th Academy Awards, came to an end, and with it, an end of another chapter was also written. The Academy finally acknowledged that, Leonardo Dicaprio was worthy of picking up Thor’s Hammer; better known as the coveted prize of Hollywood, an Oscar. Leonardo Dicaprio, having been nominated 5 times prior, went to receive his golden statue with a standing ovation from the audience at the Dolby Theater, LA, California.
The first time, The Academy took notice of a young, rising star, was when he appeared in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ (1993) in a supporting actor role. His next three nominations were for, ‘The Aviator’ (2005), ‘Blood Diamond’ (2007), and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2014). All of these performances screamed an Oscar, but the Academy, chose other perfomers, worthy of Thors’ Hammer.
Nevertheless, when last year, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’ was released, it created another Oscar buzz surrounding Dicaprios’ performance as a man, betrayed by his friends. The cinematography, the sound editing, the breathtaking scenes in the film, were nothing short of what Leonardo Dicaprio brought to it. The idea, that a lot of people started to flirt with again, was whether, this could be it, the moment, when Leonardo finally wins that coveted prize.
And that is when everything started to fall in place. Dicaprio won every awards in the Best Leading Actor category, in various award shows. This was when, the world believed that the Academy Award, which has so far been elusive to the man, would finally be in hos hands, on the 86th Academy Awards. And it did.
He received a standing ovation from the crowd – possibility from the bear too who was in the crowd clapping, probably – and brought tears to not only from the audiences, but to the people who rooted for him during his career. One of them was Kate Winslet, who herself, is an Academy Award winner. His speech was not only a thank-you note, but he advised to take climate change seriously. He had seen first-hand the catastrophe that could befall humanity, if measure were not taken to control global warming.
He said that, they had to move sets, because they could not find snow (which was crucial to the films’ storytelling). He also advocated that, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” He also believed, that the film is, “about man’s relationship to the natural world”.
Amongst the other notable winners, were Brie Larson, who won Best Leading Actress for her brilliant portrayal of a mother and an abducted woman in ‘Room’. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as a woman, struggling to understand her husbands ‘decision to be a woman in, ‘The Danish Girl’. The Best Supporting Actor Award went to Mark Rylance, for his performance as a Soviet spy in the US 1950s’ who was prosecuted in Steven Spielberg’s’ ‘Bridge of Spies’. Sam Smith won for Best Original Song, Writing’s on The Wall (Spectre). Perhaps the biggest shocker was Spotlight – a drama on how a group of American journalist try to write a story on sexual abuse in Catholic churches- won Best Picture, edging out, ‘The Revenant’. Pakistani Documentarian, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, won for Best Documentary Short which highlighted women who are victims of honour killings in Pakistan, ‘A Girl In The River.’ George Millers’ dystopian epic ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, took home six awards
However, Chris Rock, rocked this year’s Academy Awards, with jokes about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and helping his daughters’ sell Girl Scout Cookies, making more than atleast $ 65, 000. A noteworthy tribute went to Jack Black, for Black History Month (pun on his last name no doubt). Overall, this year, the Academy Awards, were predictable and a lot funnier than last years’ monotonous show.