Is Jared Leto really the leading contender for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar?

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Did you know that in just a few months, we’re going to be referring to Jared Leto as an “Oscar nominee”? It’s true. Jared’s turn as a transgender prostitute with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club has earned him glowing reviews and some smaller awards are already going to him. The Best Supporting Actor race is not as competitive as the Best Actor race this year, but even if it was, I still think Jared would be guaranteed a nomination. I feel like it might be Michael Fassbender versus Jared. And if that’s how it goes down… well, Fassbender has already said he’s not going to campaign. But what about Mr. Rock Star/Method Actor Jared? Well, as shocking as it sounds, it’s looking more and more like Jared is going to come to play. His campaign has already begun, and he’s been humble, respectful, detailed, interesting and willing to engage. Surprise! Jared might actually WIN. Anyway, I saw this new interview with Jared at Collider (you can read the full thing here) and I thought you’d like to see some highlights:

On the first time AIDS touched his life: “Not too far away from here when I first moved to California, I rented a bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment. One of the rooms was rented by a man in his forties who was very frail and obviously not well. I remember starting to see sores on his forehead and then I learned he had AIDS. I watched week after week as he withered away. I used to walk with him to the grocery store sometimes to get vegetables that he would put in a blender trying to get vitamins to stay alive. But he ultimately passed away. That was a pretty intense experience. He was full of humor and charm and grace, a lot like Rayon [his character in DBC]. That was pretty impactful.”

Knowing he wanted to play Rayon: “It was pretty immediate. I thought what an opportunity here to bring to life a really special person. I immediately saw the role as a transgender person, not a transvestite.”

He stayed in character throughout filming: “… For this, the severity of the transformation was so extreme, I had to hold onto as much as I could. Maybe a better actor would have been able to let go of the voice, the dialect, the behavior, the movement, the circumstances, and the emotional condition and been able to recall that at a moment’s notice when the director yelled, “Action!” But that doesn’t really work for me. I had to stay as close as possible just so I could do a good job. That was the motivation so I could contribute in the best way possible.”

His transformation: “Well, you hope that it does a lot of the work for you. I remember hearing Anthony Hopkins say something like that. Sometimes you can find a way in through the outside and that’s interesting. But, in this case, there really wasn’t one part of it that was frivolous. Everything had its purpose from waxing my eyebrows to losing 30-40 pounds. It all played a part.”

Working on the voice: “The voice was key. I was born in Louisiana, next door to where Rayon lived, but not too far. So that melody is pretty familiar. I had the dialect and then I also had this register. I had toyed with the idea of keeping her voice down low, like maybe she hadn’t found her voice yet. But ultimately, it was a trial and error process. I don’t think I could even do it now though. I’ve kind of forgotten what it was like. It’s a muscle like anything else. You just exercise it a bit and then it seems normal after you talk like that for a little while.”

Leaving the character behind: “It’s kind of hard to let go because you make an enormous commitment. Any time you commit like that, at least for me, it’s hard to stop. It takes a little while sometimes. I remember eating again can start to be a little like you think you’re going to eat a big meal, but you can’t, because you take half a bite and you’re full. I swore I was going to eat a Thanksgiving dinner. I was all geared up, and I watched everybody eating, and I took one bite and just pushed it away. I couldn’t do it. So yeah, it takes a little while.”

[From Collider]

Do you see what I mean about Jared coming to play? No attitude, no drama, no sulking, no “I’M A ROCK STAR” venting. He took the role seriously. He takes acting seriously. He respects the process. He worked hard to transform and give the character her truth. I’m telling you… if I was an Oscar voter, this would work on me. This would work on me much more than Fassbender’s BS.

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  1. Sumodo1 says:

    Jordan Catalano, Oscar nominee.

  2. shump says:

    I’ve always preferred him as an actor than as a rock star.

  3. kenyanhottie says:

    I hope he gets nominated and eventually wins. I love Jared the actor more than Jared the rockstar.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      It just doesn’t make sense-he looks THE SAME as he did when he was on MSCL. I see no signs of aging.

      I wonder what his secret is…

      • Eve says:

        So selfish of him not to share with us, isn’t it? Bastard.

        It’s not only that he looks young, he doesn’t look like he’s had work done. It’s really freaking weird. Even Keanu has shown signs of ageing (aging?), but not him.

        Also weird? Pretty, baby-faced boys usually age badly (re: DiCraprio). Again, not his case.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        He´s Dorian Gray.

      • Nono says:

        Keanu’s older, Eve. I think the same thing’s probably going to happen to Jared as happened to the former- he’ll hit a wall where age suddenly starts to show more.

        I keep wanting to think it’s botox that’s doing it for these boys, but then I see their faces move and I can’t even lie to myself.

        Tell us your secrets, Gods of Everlasting Youth!

      • Eve says:

        @ Nono:

        Hmmm…you’re right. Keanu is 7 years older than him.

        Still…I think Leto is a genetic freak — it’s not like he looks great (like Keanu did seven years ago), it’s that he looks pratically the same.

        My point: Keanu has aged well but we’ve seen him ageing nonetheless. That doesn’t seem to happen to Leto, it’s like he hasn’t aged at all.

      • Flora says:

        He’s a health freak. I met him and his band on a shoot a few years ago. They only consume organic juices and healthy food. No alcohol or junk food. His brother and the other guy seemed really nice and chatty. I never spoke to Jared, as I was too star struck by seeing Jordan Catalano walking through the door. He seriously hadn’t changed a bit.

      • Nono says:

        Eve, Leto’s face has widened, which happens with age. For me it’s the opposite- Keanu was the one who wasn’t looking any different at all until one or two years ago! Maybe I’ve just been paying more attention to Jared (ahem [THAT HAIR, THAT FACE, THAT BODY, THAT EVERYTHING]) and you’ve been paying more to Keanu?

      • Eve says:

        Could be…I followed Keanu’s career more closely than Leto’s (was never a fan of My So Called Life). Also, I’m not particularly attracted to him (Leto — way too pretty for my taste).

        I noticed a subtle, but definite difference in Keanu’s face throughout the years. Even during The Matrix years (not in the movies because the last two were shot back to back, but in interviews and red carpet appearances). The skin around his jawline sagged a little.

        I understand what you say about Leto’s face looking wider now — his cheekbones aren’t as high as they used to be when he was in his early 20s, but I’m mostly talking about skin. It looks great. The area around his eyes, too.

        P.S.: I watched Mr. Nobody recently and he looked the same he did almost ten years ago.

  4. Laurita says:

    He has THE most beautiful man hair, ever. These photos do not do it justice. Lush as f**k. I would bone that hair. That hair could touch me in the morning and walk away. Oh, that hair… (said in Lucille Bluth voice)

  5. aims says:

    I can’t wait for this movie to come out. I think it’s going to be interesting and thought provoking. It’s also refreshing to hear an actor talk about the process without sounding like a douche. The early AIDS epidemic, is interesting to me. Partly because it seemed that early response from our government could had saved many lives. My heart goes out to anyone who has been affected by this awful disease.

  6. Harpreet says:

    I am sorry, but Daniel Bruhl was BRILLIANT as Nikki Lauda in Rush.

    He should atleast get a nom as well.

  7. Abby says:

    I thought he was incredible in Requiem for a Dream. He’s got presence.

  8. sweetpickels says:

    I just love him. He’s so pretty, but I also think he has real talent.

  9. bettyrose says:

    Can he win the Oscar for general awesomeness?

  10. lower-case deb says:

    forget fountain of youth or a vat of virgin blood. does he swim in a gene pool all day? sea of botox? ocean of formaldehyde? what?

    him and keanu. WHAT IS THE SECRET?

  11. MonicaQ says:

    Met him backstage and he and his brother are sweet. He even joked that I didn’t look old enough to remember him as Jordan Catalano and then talked about elephants.

  12. Elodie says:

    It’s like he’s stopped ageing at 30. Woah! O___O

    I saw the film. Him and and Matthew Mcmykeyboardisnotbothered were really good. The film as a whole was very solid. The altered looks definitely fit with their performance. After that I went on the internet and watched/read interviews of Leto regarding the film, and he was very insightful on how he approached the role. If he is nominated, it’s not because he’s lost weight, it’s because of the performance as whole, frankly.

  13. Bodhi says:

    My God, that man is beautiful. He has a permanent place on my Freebie List

  14. QQ says:

    Well, of Fassbender is acting like he is too good to shill for his own film and his companion’s noms I see no problem with Leto Hustling for it!

  15. MisJes says:

    I’m completely on board with this nomination, he is an extraordinarily talented man. I’ve seen his films and his band in concert (twice), and I’m always impressed. Looking forward to seeing him in this role, I think he’s really going to bring it.

  16. Shannon1972 says:

    Please, just post his picture every day. There doesn’t even have to be a story attached to it. Just his photo will do.

    He is a brilliant actor, ridiculously talented and well spoken, but god he is beautiful…the man is close to perfect.

  17. Algernon says:

    We haven’t got to the meat of award season yet. it’s shaping up to be a Fassbender/Leto race in the supporting actor category but look at some of the stuff that is yet to come out: August Osage County, Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, The Book Thief, Lone Survivor, Mandela, American Hustle, Out of the Furnance. There’s so much race left to run. It’s good that Leto is hustling early (and well) to build up momentum, but Daniel Bruhl and Barkhad Abdi (from Captain Phillips) have some heat, too. And Abdi, he has the kind of “acting saved my life” story (fled Somalia as a child, eventually emigrated to the US, discovered in a regional theater that kept him out of gang life) that the Academy LOVES. It probably won’t be enough to pull off a victory, but put Barkhad Abdi in a room with the like of Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender, and they come off like spoiled princesses.

    You know Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner will get a bounce when American Hustle comes out, and if it’s true that Tom Hanks will be considered a supporting actor for Mr. Banks, this whole thing could be over. Can you imagine Hanx throwing his weight into a supporting actor campaign? Even if he doesn’t win, he’ll pull a huge chunk of the old fogey vote away from someone like Jared Leto, who is “rebounding” in the eyes of the industry after his career petered out and he went off to be a rockstar. This category will probably end up really competitive over the next couple months.

  18. Teeny says:

    Jared Leto as a rock star doesn’t really do it for me – except the cover the band did of Rihanna’s Stay which was an immediate panty dropper.

    On the other hand, Jared Leto as an actor is amazing. He brings it for all the characters he plays. Like you said, he’s humble, and I think that’s what makes me like him more. He has the attitude of a sincere individual who is passionate about their art, but without the ego of shoving his awesomeness down everyone’s throat.

    I look forward to seeing him this movie! And it probably will be close between him and Fassbender.

  19. Azurea says:

    I think the only film Of his I’ve seen is Mr. Nobody, & I was transfixed! Great movie, too.

  20. WendyNerd says:

    Well, he obviously doesn’t respect hair cuts.

  21. Tiffany says:

    I cannot believe that man is 41. Damn Jordan…

  22. Maria says:

    I like Jared as an actor, not a musician, OR that persona.

    As for the Fassbender shade, I’m just rme at it. The man admitted to getting caught up and allowing his ego to swell a bit, more importantly, he’s working right now and focusing on the quality of that work. If he were doing campaigning folks would still be running their mouths so meh.

    Agree on all points about Jared never aging, he’s a gorgeous man.

  23. ag-UK says:

    He is beautiful and better looking up close..and yes that hair is nice. I can’t wait for the film to come to the UK but maybe I can see in the US next month.. not sure if it’s out yet.

  24. Lucy says:

    Great interview! Now I find myself hoping he gets that nomitation!

  25. be says:

    the only dislikeable thing about Leto is his friendship with Terry Richardson (and personally, I am reeeeally not a fan of his music, but then again, that’s me)

  26. vv says:

    Wow that was really impressive. He gives a good interview….and I am curious to see the movie now!

    P.S. I watched Sara Polley’s “Stories We Tell” last night (pretty good stuff) and I am looking to see Mr. Nobody which he also stars in. I heard it is a good movie, not for everyone, but interesting all the same!

  27. TedTheodoreLogan says:

    Having watched Dallas Buyers Club, I have to say Leto is definitely Fassbender’s competition. Honestly, I think he could win. Leto gave a heartbreaking and moving performance. I was quite surprised.

  28. Mel says:

    Sorry to be a cynic (someone has to be), but how could anyone NOT be nominated for a role that involves heavy make-up AND any crippling/devastating disease, with special emphasis on AIDS?

    (Did Charlize Theron deserve her Oscar for that particular role that brought her one? No – the makeup artists did. Apparently they can be so good that even a modicum of acting work is transformed into a masterpiece.)

    As a side note, he looks much better as a transgender prostitute with AIDS than he normally does.
    Oh yes, I am serious.

  29. Kristen says:

    Hear, hear. Jared was so good in Requiem for a Dream. So glad to see he’s getting props.

  30. Sarah says:

    I feel Jared has earned this..I’ve seen him do some really tough roles and transform himself and he’s definitely put in his time/the work. The work he did for this role is really impressive and meaningful for him as well which says a lot.

  31. Pessimistic Optimist says:

    Geez, Courtney Cox has really let herself go …