With the awards season in full swing, the Oscars are right around the corner. Many are curious, is it gonna be Leo's big year?
The topic has been touched on, written about, and argued over time and time again. I don't have a dog in this fight, per say. I tend to appreciate each performance for what the actor portrayed, from The Revenant's brooding lead to The Martian's iconically misplaced (quite literally) protagonist, played by Matt Damon.
However, a performance that may be overshadowed from time to time, which I sincerely believe to be DiCaprio's best yet; William 'Billy' Costigan, of Martin Scorsese's 2006 reimagining of The Departed. This film marked the third time the influential director directed the actor, previously in films such as The Aviator and Gangs of New York.
A brutal Boston crime story, the film follows Costigan as he navigates his way through the unforgiving streets of Southy. An attempt to be unlike his crime ridden family lands him and undercover job with the State Troopers, unbeknown to most. Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) would take young Billy under his wing, suspicious all the while.
Clip via YouTube, Frank interrogates Billy
In my opinion, the clip above is Oscar worthy on from sides. Although winning a handful of nominations for this role, Leo failed to bet the nomination from the Academy. Many of these wins include nominations for the stellar ensemble cast, as well as supporting and lead actor awards. The only actor to be nominated for this film is Mark Wahlberg, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
So, my best advice; watch this film. Scorsese did get a Best Director nod, and the cast is awesome to say the least.
Will it be Leo this year, or does Matt Damon have the golden statue in the bag?
The 28th of February should be an interesting night, to say the least!