It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio might not be getting his first Oscar this year after all, if the thoughts of one Academy Awards voter is anything to go by.
The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual brutally honest Oscar ballot ahead of Sunday night’s show, publishing an anonymous conversation with a “longtime voter in the 458-member executives branch who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees.” This year, the chat didn’t bring any good news for DiCaprio, whose performance in “The Revenant” was slammed as “ridiculous” in the interview.
“I dislike ‘The Revenant’ intensely—it’s a beautifully shot Road Runner movie, in the sense that Leonardo DiCaprio keeps falling down and getting up, and who cares? I don’t,” the mystery voter said.
So far Leo’s been generally considered the favorite for an Oscar after picking up leading actor awards at the BAFTA and Golden Globe this awards season, but the anonymous voter said that the film doesn’t have a chance for Best Movie and that DiCaprio’s performance won’t finally nab him the coveted Best Actor award. “I rule out Leonardo immediately because it’s a ridiculous performance,” the voter added. “They are running his campaign based on how hard it was to make the movie, right? I’m tired of hearing about it—that’s what he gets paid for!”
He or she really does have something big against “The Revenant”—even in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category, the voter said: “I am voting for ‘Mad Max’ solely because I want to stop ‘The Revenant.’”
The anonymous voter also noted Cate Blanchett probably won’t take home any prizes for her leading role in “Carol,” saying the film’s more “about what everyone wears” than anything else. Ouch. Instead he tips Brie Larson to win for her role in “Room,” which he says is the “hardest part imaginable.”
Adam McKay was picked to win the award for directing “The Big Short,” but the voter also said it was “criminal” that Ridley Scott wasn’t nominated for “The Martian.”
The voter also had something to say about the #oscarssowhite controversy: “I thought Idris Elba was brilliant in ‘Beasts of No Nation.’ But whom would I have knocked off to make room for him, if I could even vote [to nominate] in the acting categories? I liked all of the performances that were nominated. Maybe we need to expand the size of the acting categories—who knows? What I do know is that the Academy mishandled the response. They should not have responded defensively.”