Best Actor 2015: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant

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The Facts

Oscar History
DiCaprio has five nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2004)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • Nominated: Best Picture (alongside Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Joey McFarland, and Martin Scorsese) for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Hugh Glass, an 1820s frontiersman who sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling

Festivals: N/A
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 25, 2015 (limited); Jan 8, 2016 (wide)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Oscar watchers have wondered when DiCaprio would finally have his year – his status as a perpetual Oscar loser is now part of the popular discourse. He leads the reigning director champ’s latest flick, which looks to be a contender in its own right; his performance should impress, too. Is anyone more “due” than DiCaprio this year?

Why not? The buzz centers on Leo’s finally winning the Oscar – and not his performance (yet). The Revenant looks like a last-minute blitz a la 2013 – a year in which the star of a festival favorite instead took this honor, in large part due to a comeback narrative. Maybe Johnny Depp will ride comeback hype and career-best reviews to a win if traction for Black Mass continues to build and Leo doesn’t bring it.

Ranking: No. 1 as of Sept. 9, 2015

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