Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Supporting Actor
Watching Leonardo DiCaprio work it’s easy to see how seriously he takes his craft. With each new role he brings a unique level of intensity and charisma and it’s established him as one of the premiere actors working in Hollywood today. But never has he looked like he was having more fun or put on a better performance than in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which makes his snub in this year’s Best Supporting Actor category all the more harder to take.

From the moment that he turns to greet Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in his first scene, DiCaprio is completely invisible within evil plantation owner Calvin Candie, and while his turn is certainly not without some purposeful scenery chewing, it’s all part of the big picture of his performance. Much like what Waltz did with Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, DiCaprio’s Candie is able to flip the switch back and forth between magnetic and terrifying throughout the film, which not only makes it fully emotionally engaging but also deeply entertaining. It’s obvious how much the Inception star wants his piece of Oscar gold, and it’s a tragedy that Django Unchained won’t help him get closer to his dream.

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