Phase 1 of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar campaign is going well, right?

Well played, Leonardo DiCaprio. Well played. Not only is Leo doing some early shilling for his latest epic adventure film, The Revenant, but he posted a photo of his costar (Tom Hardy) on his Twitter to promote the latest trailer drop. Two months ago, we got our first glimpse of The Revenant and my reaction was “Meh, boring dude stuff.” While I appreciate the fact that The Revenant shoot nearly killed everyone involved and this is the reason why Leo and The Bloke looked like ten kinds of scruffy hell for more than a year, it just didn’t give me any feelings. But… the second trailer is better. The second trailer gives more story and context, so it’s not just Beards In the Woods: The Boy Drama Movie. Behold, the new trailer!

OMG BEAR. So… Tom Hardy kills Leo’s son and then leaves Leo for dead. And Undead Leo comes to collect Tom Hardy’s soul/head/life. I get it now. And yes, I know it was a book. I never read it and I can’t say I really want to. Anyway, now that I know a little bit more about the story… sure. I’m sort of into it.

Now, does it then follow that this is finally going to be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio becomes an Oscar winner? Eh. Right now, the Best Actor race is shaping up in some unexpected ways. I think Eddie Redmayne is for sure going to get an Oscar nod but he probably won’t win two years in a row. Maybe Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, we’ll see. Maybe Johnny Depp for Black Mass. Maybe Bryan Cranston in Trumbo. While I think Leo will definitely be able to convince the Academy to give him a nomination for The Revenant, I’m not quite sure he’s the hands-down favorite. Yet. Which is why Leo seems to be revising his strategy this time around. He’s holding hands with Kelly Rohrbach. He’s looking fit and de-bloated at the Global Citizen Festival (photos below). I can’t wait to see his campaign this year.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. vauvert says:

    Leo is one of the few actors whose presence in a movie means I will absolutely not see it. I missed the Aviator because of him, and the idea of a “men in the woods” movie sounds as appealing as a root canal. But you are right, he will probably get the nomination… Ugh.

    • Loulou says:

      Why? His personal life may be a mess, but his acting has always been strong.

      • vauvert says:

        I just can’t stand the smug expression he always seems to wear, couldn’t watch him from day one. Have never seen Titanic or any of his movies.
        Funny enough, I actually think that his personal life is just fine. He owns it, you know? Unlike a lot of celebs who try the whole marriage and kids thing to “improve’ their image, Leo is very clear about what he wants and what he is willing to give. I respect a man with the integrity to own his doucheness. Any woman dating him knows exactly what she us getting into.

      • Josefa says:

        He is a good actor, but I feel like there’s this air of pretentiousness in all of his latter films.

      • Wentworth Miller says:


      • Wentworth Miller says:

        Looks like I’m alone on this one, because I actually like Leo. He’s one of the few actors who I’ll watch a movie just because he’s in it. As far as awards go, it would be cool if he won just for the sake of having the statue, but I’ve realized that awards don’t hold the weight that they should. Plenty of brilliant actors and actresses have been passed over for actors/actresses who really aren’t great, at all.

      • Josephine says:

        I agree. I think he’s very good. I loved him in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape forever ago, and he was terrific in Inception, The Departed, Catch Me if you Can, and Shutter Island. It’s funny that people think he’s smug because I don’t get that vibe at all. He grew up very poor and has been working forever.

      • Anne tommy says:

        I’m Pro Leo, go Leo!

      • knower says:

        He is a good actor. Frankly, I think he hasn’t taken enough creative risks to warrant an oscar win.

    • Ally8 says:

      I’m so with you, @vauvert. And then when his movies turn up on TV (e.g. Shutter Island) and I go, what the heck, I’ll try it, I can’t stand him for more than five minutes. It’s all squinting and scrunching his face. Cannot take him seriously playing any kind of adult. I don’t know what Scorsese is thinking constantly casting this Cabbage Patch Doll-faced man-child as the lead.

      Btw, “Beards In the Woods: The Boy Drama Movie”, lol.

      • Kaiser says:

        Thank you Ally8!! I was very pleased with that joke.

      • Snappyfish says:

        Watch The Departed & you will change your mind. He is actually a really good actor. He has a problem with the whole model whoring but aside from that he seems like a pretty put together person. Environmentalist before it was cool etc.

        He was brilliant in what’s eating Gilbert Grape, a Boy’s life, The Aviator etc. Also it worth mentioning that every model he dated has never said anything negative about him after the fact & Kate Winslet adores him so much that he walked her down the aisle at her last wedding

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        The Departed is a really really brilliant movie.
        Shutter Island, Aviator and Body of Lies are very good, too.

        As for no model ever saying anything negative: could be a mutual non-comment contract. Apart from that possibility he doesn’t really have really negative relationship stories about him. His companions are very young and it starts to look creepy. But apart from that there are no baby mamma stories and such.

        His environmentalism seems honest and he is very supportive.

      • Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

        Ah yes he’s so ugly. What are ALL those models thinking? There’re plenty of other rich guys they could be with but Leo seems to get the lion’s share. #livingthedream.

    • Cc says:

      @vauvert & @Ally8 +1

    • JWQ says:

      I don’ t hate him, even though recently he has become a little too gross for me (not physically, in general), but if I watch his movies it’ s because I am interested in those movies, never in him. I think he’ s grossly overrated. He’ s not a terrible actor, but I would call him mediocre at best. I’ m just happy most of his movies do not interest me in the least, so I don’ t miss much. This one does interest me, but had they gotten someone else for his part, I would probably be happier. Oh well…

    • Fallon says:

      I’m the exact opposite. His presence in a movie almost guarantees that I will watch it. I don’t care for his modelizing and personal life at all, but I think he’s a superb actor who picks interesting films.

      • Loulou says:

        @fallon agreed! I’ve always been impressed with his performances.

      • Nude says:

        @fallon @loulou I agree with you both. He does what he wants in his personal life and doesn’t make a big issue out of it, and he seems pretty private and not media-hungry. He focuses on the acting – and he’s one of the greats for me – and extra props for his enviro work. I’m not a big Leo fan and don’t watch his movies for him but he really does consistently pick productions that are epic in some way.

    • Meaghan says:

      Funny, Leo is the reason I WILL see a movie! I love him so much.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      I’m the opposite! I will absolutely see any movie he is in! He’s a great actor imo. Not a fan of real life Leo, however.

    • lola says:

      Is Leo really this hungry for an Oscar. He’s a well respected (?) actor, has all the young models he can handle, it seems as if it would get tiring to go to this much trouble year after year.

      At least he won’t come close to the embarrassing display Jennifer Aniston put on last year, that was cringe worthy. Also, it ruined what was left of her sad career.

  2. Evasmom says:

    How the hell did he lose the bloat so quickly? Also, could his sueing the French tabloid have anything to do with his campaign. Message to predominantly old white men of the academy? Hello I didn’t mess with that black chick, vote for me? Just kidding but I agree. He is definitely playing the game. Holding hands with Kelly and not ducking into a dumpster? Yeah, we peaked that game Leo. We see you. Can’t fool us.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Evasmom, who wrote: “How the hell did he lose the bloat so quickly?”

      He didn’t, he just covered it up with a jacket.

    • Ankhel says:

      …corset? Just kidding, although that would be very Old Hollywood and awesome.

      • Andrea 1* says:

        He really looks like he lost some weight….plus its always easier for men to lose weight quickly when compared to women.

      • Jayna says:

        I read that many of the male stars do wear some type of corset for red carpet or award events if they have problems in that area.

      • Cindy says:

        Or Spanx !? If it’s a corset maybe his male , er, companion for life Lukas Haas tighs him up in the back while he sucks the gut in?

        I agree with the other posters who said that while he does like very young Victoria secret models, at least he doesn’t bring children into it. However, I need to be less side-eye about the women ( Madonna, etc) who do he same. Fair is fair.

        Lastly (promise), how do you campaign for an Oscar? Isn’t the academy a bunch of old codgers/movie aficionados? When would they ever even look at tabloid shots, much less care. Never understood that. ( no offense to old codgers, I’m getting here myself).

    • byland says:

      Thank you! I was staring at that photo, trying to figure out how the hell he slimmed down so quickly. There’s gotta be some drugs nonsense going on there, either weight-loss or – more likely – just him cutting back on the extra-curricular entertainment. He’s definitely had to have stopped boozing for a bit to help it along.

    • Neah23 says:

      If your talking about his body he still has some body bloat, but a good outfit is hiding it. Now if your talking about his face bloat he laid off the liquor, there are not that many photo or tweets of Leo partying lately. You’ll also notice his skin looks less greasy, but unfortunately it will all be back after his Oscar campaign is over.

    • Val says:

      He looks surprisingly good. A rare occurence!
      I can imagine that he’s lost weight – when was the last time we saw him? I’m sure a 1-2 months of constant dieting and working out can make him lose the extra 10kgs or so he had on…

  3. NewWester says:

    I remember reading on another site someone commented that Leo is the “Susan Lucci of the Oscars” always nominated but never winning.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He has quite a way to go to come close to Peter O’Toole.

      • Sumodo1 says:

        True. *I still laugh my ass off whenever I see his “porn star-ish” name in print. Peter of tool! He was great! Hahaha!*

      • Matador says:

        Or Albert Finney (0-5), or Glenn Close (0-6). In non-acting categories, Leo can go cry a river to Roger Deakins (Cinematography, 0-12) and Kevin O’Connell (Sound Mixing, 0-20).

    • Mia V. says:

      He will never win an Oscar and when he’s 80 they will give him a Lifetime Achievments Award.

    • FingerBinger says:

      @NewWester Susan Lucci did win an emmy. After 19 nominations she finally won.

  4. Sixer says:

    It SO doesn’t look like my sort of film, but I gotsta say – from the trailer it looks beautifully shot. It has The Bloke, however. I shall probably wait until it comes on TV to see and then watch cos The Bloke. Can’t work up any enthusiasm to worry -or not worry – about Leo’s Oscar prospects.

    All my fingers and toes and knitting needles are crossed that Trumbo turns out super-duper. You know when people talk about the books that made the biggest impression on them? Johnny Got His Gun is that book for me.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing Trumbo as well. But my point of reference is the play with Brian Dennehy. I love Cranston but I’m going to be making comparisons.

    • Birdix says:

      Not my kind of film either–was thinking during the trailer, why would I want to be this miserable/cold/stressed for 2 hours? It’s the kind of movie I’d wander mistakenly into, thinking I was seeing something like Enchanted April, and not be able to sleep afterwards (happened to me with the movie Alive “it’s a movie about rugby! you’ll love it” and I was a nervous wreck on planes for years afterward).

  5. Beth No. 2 says:

    I thought the trailer is very good. Cinematography is outstanding and the story seems intriguing. Looking forward to it.

    I’m not a fan of Leo and I’ve always thought he’s a decent actor but never outstanding.

    • LB says:

      Same cinematographer as Birdman, Gravity, a few Malick films – Emmanuel Lubezki. He’s amazing. He’s done such wonderful work. If anyone gets an Academy Award from this, it should be him.

      I think Leo will win due to the whole overdue syndrome — unless there is absolutely one performance that blows everyone away (haven’t heard of one yet this year).

      • Beth No. 2 says:

        Yep, we’ll see if Lubezki gets Oscar #3 this year. It looks very strong for sure.

        On Lead Actor, I agree so far from the Fall festivals there hasn’t exactly a strong frontrunner. Fassbender maybe, but he’s in a somewhat shaky position. If Leo and The Revenant get a strong reception, he’s a shoo-in to win. The Lead Actor field is rather thin this year. Personally I think Leo is a so-so actor, but he certainly has strongest narrative to win this year, if his movie and performance get the passion he needs.

      • Matador says:

        “The Big Short” was moved up to a 2015, and Carell is getting strong buzz already. Also Michael Caine (“Youth”) and Bradley Cooper (“Burnt”) are Academy favorites, and if “Joy” is well-received, Edgar Ramirez could slip into things as well.

      • Beth No. 2 says:

        I’m not sure who the lead in The Big Short is. From the trailer it looks like an ensemble piece and not a traditional lead vehicle. I also thought it feels like a commercial rather than awards play. It’ll be interesting if Carell comes in and shakes things up.

        I would love it if Caine wins, but the buzz for Youth has kinda dropped. Nonetheless it is a movie about old people, by an acclaimed director, so it should play well to the Academy. Burnt looks like another commercial play, and does not have the production pedigree to take it to a Best Picture nom (which is usually closely tied with Lead Actor). Joy is more of a threat, but I don’t know if Ramirez would be campaigned Lead or Supporting. And in Supporting, he already has competition in his own movie from De Niro.

        I think Leo’s biggest threat this year is Fassbender. Another possibility is one of the guys from Spotlight but I have no idea how the category placements there would pan out since it is such an ensemble piece.

        Having said that, there’s no guarantee also would get a nom. He has v little dialogue in The Revenant and the movie is not the type of traditional, crowd-pleasing prestige middlebrow fare that AMPAS usually likes. The subject is tough to watch. So he can stumble too.

      • Matador says:

        Carell is being touted as the lead actor to the trades, as is Ramirez.

        With regards to “Spotlight,” the studio has already announced that the entire cast will considered supporting.

      • Beth No. 2 says:

        Thanks; I’m surprised by the Spotlight decision. I was expecting them to fraud someone to another category so that they don’t end up cannibalising their co-stars in the same movie. But the movie has gotten good buzz so I suppose nominations are safe and they are gunning for a win, where Supporting would conceivably be easier.

  6. ab says:

    I love tom hardy’s gravelly voice in this trailer, he’s so good with changing it up. leo always sounds the same, even as a grizzly mountain man he sounds like romeo. I will wait for this to come to netflix.

  7. minx says:

    I have to say he looks good.
    A nomination, maybe, but he’s got a lot of competition this year.

    • Betti says:

      I agree – he’ll get a nomination but won’t win. Too many other and better contenders.

      I’m on the fence about his acting talents – he can be a bit hit and miss with some roles. Loved him in Wolf of Wall Street, primarily as I think he was playing himself to a degree. Aviator was blah. Some of his early stuff showed his potential but not sure he’s fully realized it.

  8. Veronica says:

    All I see when I look at Leo is Jack Nicholson circa 1970.


  9. Emily C. says:

    The movie looks deathly boring, but in that macho way that Academy voters love. And he severely skeeves me out, I don’t care what he chooses to look like in his attempt to get an Oscar.

  10. Nude says:

    I’m so glad Leo’s looking so much less puffy and beardy these days. Good luck, Leo. It’s your turn to get the Oscar. The film looks amazing. No superheros, and no special effects that I can see. Just stunning cinematography and first-rate acting. Can’t wait.

    • Kiki says:

      I hope Loe does win. I love Michael Fassbender, but not for Steve Jobs, I think Dany Boyle and Aaron Sorkin are using this movie for opportunist purpose. So if it was up to me for who is going to win an Oscar is would be between Johnny Depo or Leonardo Dicaprio.

  11. Mylene - Montreal says:

    This movie look DOPE

  12. lisa says:

    way worse actors have oscars, sometimes from terrible movies

  13. Andrea 1* says:

    I love Leo as an actor the guy is very good…. And the bloke is in the movie so I will be seeing this!

  14. MAM says:

    sorry but looks like Dancing with the wolves but with snow¡¡

  15. Bridget says:

    He only makes movies with the biggest, most prestigious directors, and he gives good but not great performances – and when you’re already starting on 2nd base, you have to really hustle to convince people that it’s a homerun. Leo hasn’t won an Oscar simply because he gives good but not great performances.

    • magpie says:

      This. He was great in the departed and in revolutionary road because they were more intimate and he had to show vulnerability. In his alpha male roles like aviator, wolf of wall street he is just so so. His accent was terrible in Wolf, it kept going in and out. Jonah and Margo acted circles around him and Tom probably does the same in this movie. He needs to make smaller films to challenge his emotional range and then maybe he’ll win.

      In short Eddie 2 for 2.

      • Bridget says:

        When folks win an Oscar for a good but not great performance, it’s always because they brought something else to the table. A big physical transformation. A fight to get the movie made. An incredible campaign. And Leo brings none of that to the table.

  16. Nicole says:

    I didn’t even watch the trailer and I already know that Tom Hardy is getting an Oscar for this movie.

    • als says:

      I actually watched the trailer and I noticed Hardy better than Leo.
      How come no one is talking Oscar nod for Hardy?

  17. Thinker says:

    Leo will win the Oscar when Victoria Beckham lands the cover of Vogue US.

  18. funckes says:

    I can’t wait. I love a good movie about revenge in the cowboy style.
    As for LD it looks like the usual performance he gives. I’m not saying he’s a bad actor, but he’s not Eddie Redmayne.

    This reminds me of the Jennifer Aniston Oscar campaign of 2015. This means if the committee smells desperation your dead in the water.

  19. Mia4S says:

    He wants it so bad it’s embarrassing. If we call out Anne and Natalie we have to call out Leo.

    Look the Oscars rarely go to the most deserving. If he wins fine, if not, whatever. I think he’s a good actor but not a great one. He’s always some version of “Leo”, much like Jack Nicholson is always “Jack”. For true transformation he can’t touch Bale and I think Hardy and Fassbender surpass him as well.

    • Paula says:

      ITA, much like Bradley Cooper, who is always a bit a version of himself in every movie he makes. Although I think he’s a good actor, Hardy, Fassbender, Bale and many others are far more superior. He is far from being the best of his generation.

  20. als says:

    God, he looks like 50 shades of smugness in those pics.

    • funckes says:

      I was thinking the same thing. It makes me wish that he get nominated and when it comes time to announce the winner, he stands up, start to walk and it turns out they called another name.

  21. CarrieUK says:

    I enjoy Leo on and off screen, I find him fascinating to watch as an actor and I kind of enjoy the fact he’s such a random playboy off screen.
    The Departed is one of my favourite films, I just loved him in that, saying that inept see this film cause it’s too deep for me. I’m a very shallow film watcher.

  22. Pondering thoughts says:

    I think judgement on Leo is always a bit too harsh probably partly due to his playboy party lifestyle.
    So far the Revenant looks great but I would like to see the whole movie before final judgement.
    As for Leo campaigning: all actors do that as interviews and talk show appearances increase revenue.
    As for Leo-Kelly pics being part of an oscar campaign: I am not sure. It could be that Kelly wanted some pap shots to jump start her flatlining career.

  23. Mimz says:

    I really dislike his personality but I love his work. I have never watched a movie (except maybe for “the beach” which was a big WTF for me) with Leo that didn’t leave me impressed by him. And yes that includes the great gatsby.

    Go ahead, yell at me!

    Anyway he looks a gazillion times better without that bloat and that fug beard.

    • manta says:

      I’ve no real opinion about his personality (don’t know enough) but I’m always interested in his projects and it started befor Titanic. For me, it was Marvin’s room which sparkled the interest and the fact that Keaton, Streep and de Niro seemed all enthusiastic about him.

      I even enjoyed him in The Departed, which was not a given since Tony Leung in Infernal Affair was sublime and the vogue of constant remakes of brilliant films annoys me.

  24. Skins says:

    Not a big fan of his toolish lifestyle, but he is constantly strong in his movies. Oscars are a crapshoot anyway, usually if you play a real life character and get made up to look like him you have a good chance, or if you play somebody who is mentally challenged. I think it is time that Leo wins one.

  25. terry says:

    Leo snubbed the Academy when Kate was nominated for her role in Titantic and not him.
    The Academy still have not forgiven him for what he did and continue to withold what he wants most.

    • Pondering thoughts says:

      Perhaps. Though that happened more than a decade ago!

      But the longer the Academy doesn’t give him an Oscar despite him delivering good too brilliant performances the more questionable appear their decisions.

  26. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    Can’t believe some of the people who criticize the Oscars for being too heavily influenced by old white guys also buy into speculating about who they hope will and won’t win. It’s stupid.

  27. lana says:

    If Leo is in a film, I refuse to watch it. Maybe I’ll download it but I’ll never pay to see him on screen. He’s a meh actor and merely chooses great projects to work on. His “talent” is incredibly overrated. Don’t like his personal life either. Don’t mind men who date numerous women or sleep around. However the fact he tends to date 22 year olds bothers me. Don’t mind age gaps but the fact he doesn’t see beauty in women who are even 26-32+ pisses me off to no end. We all have our preferences but he’s just disgusting. If it were legal to date 16 year olds, that’s all he’d do.

  28. lana says:

    If Leo is in a film, I refuse to watch it. Maybe I’ll download it but I’ll never pay to see him on screen. He’s a meh actor and merely chooses great projects to work on. His “talent” is incredibly overrated. Don’t like his personal life either. Don’t mind men who date numerous women or sleep around. However the fact he tends to date 22 year olds bothers me. Don’t mind age gaps but the fact he doesn’t see beauty in women who are even 26-32+ pisses me off to no end. We all have our preferences but he’s just disgusting. If it were legal to date 16 year olds, that’s all he’d do.

  29. lana says:

    If Leo is in a film, I refuse to watch it. Maybe I’ll download it but I’ll never pay to see him on screen. He’s a meh actor and merely chooses great projects to work on. His “talent” is incredibly overrated. Don’t like his personal life either. Don’t mind men who date numerous women or sleep around. However the fact he tends to date 22 year olds bothers me. Don’t mind age gaps but the fact he doesn’t see beauty in women who are even 26-32+ pisses me off to no end. We all have our preferences but he’s just disgusting. If it were legal to date 16 year olds, that’s all he’d do.

  30. lana says:

    If Leo is in a film, I refuse to watch it. Maybe I’ll download it but I’ll never pay to see him on screen. He’s a meh actor and merely chooses great projects to work on. His “talent” is incredibly overrated. Don’t like his personal life either. Don’t mind men who date numerous women or sleep around. However the fact he tends to date 22 year olds bothers me. Don’t mind age gaps but the fact he doesn’t see beauty in women who are even 26-32+ pisses me off to no end. We all have our preferences but he’s just disgusting. If it were legal to date 16 year olds, that’s all he’d do.

  31. Pondering thoughts says:

    “Rohrbach played high school golf at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut before moving onto Georgetown. She didn’t play too well in the one tournament [sic!] she played in — shooting a pair of 86s — but hey, she’s still a college golfer.”

    How can one get a golf sport scholarship if one has played ONE tournament and hasn’t done too well?