Leo Asks: “Does the Academy Hate Me?!?”
“Is the Academy unfairly prejudiced against everyone’s favorite boyish environmentalist, or is it possible his fans may be a teensy bit unrealistic about the quality of his performances?”[HP]
Never mind the snubs the Academy handed Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck. The big Oscar overlook of the year has to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s non-nomination for his performance in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
While it would be wrong to say that he was universally praised for his performance (some said his performance was a bit hammy, a bit over-the-top . . . um, this is a Tarantino movie we’re talking about, folks. Remember Brad Pitt’s southern drawl in Inglorious Basterds??), many are left wondering why he didn’t get nominated. Is it simply that the Academy thinks he is more of a movie star than an actor, or is it that he really didn’t deserve a nomination in the first place?
Let us know what you think. And then weigh in on why Django got a Best Picture nod and Tarantino did not get nominated for Best Director.