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What’s wrong with DiCaprio?

It took me almost two days recovering from Leonardo DiCaprio not winning the Oscar.

I’ve seen the ceremony three times already and I can’t believe he didn’t.

And the worse thing is that he’s probably not going to win it any time soon unless he becomes a different kind of actor, a much less cool one.

I don’t understand why cool actors usually don’t win the Oscars.

Movies are made for us to go and stare at cool people for hours, movies have been good to cool, and cool has been good to the movies.

So why is it that so few of the cool actors have ever won the Academy Award for best actor?

Let me exemplify: Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Harrison Ford, Steve McQueen, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Tom Cruise, Cary Grant, Richard Burton and James Dean.

I don’t understand why being cool mean that an actor will struggle to win the Academy Award for best actor.

Maybe the reason is that cool people doesn’t invite you to share his position.

Cool people invite admiration, envy, desire, much more than empathy.

For an actor being cool means that they leave you wondering what it would be like to be them, without ever imagining that you could.



On the other end we have the clear model of a not cool actor: Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks almost invites you to share his position.

He communicate exactly what it would be like to the character he is playing, which is why he has succeeded so much at the Oscars.

He has been nominated five times for best actor and won it twice.

The more cool an actor’s style and roles are, the less likely he is to win.

DiCaprio certainly has plenty to say in The Wolf of Wall Street.

We find out everything we need to know about DiCaprio’s performance early in the movie when Belfort takes a job selling penny stocks.

He did great but still creates an audience to this performance not an audience to share Belfort.

That’s the point, Ejiofor’s and McConaughey’s performances invite the audience to share the positions of characters that have almost never been seen on screen.

Ejiofor performance demands we see the world of slavery through the character’s eyes.

McConaughey puts more of his emotions on the screen even than Ejiofor, he lets the audience share all his rage, grief, and fear.

Today McConaughey is no longer a cool guy and that’s why he won the Oscar for best actor.




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Empire Magazine


Antonio Banderas is a better actor than Anthony Hopkins


Antonio Banderas gained his enormous fame playing roles like The Mask of Zorro and as the voice of Puss in boots in the Shrek movie.

He is a Spanish actor and is stylish leading man of stage and screen.

He was outstanding from the beginning on Philadelphia in 1993 with Tom Hank and end up proven himself as able to perform an action hero in the Robert Rodriguez film Desperado 1995.

Desperado wavers uneasily between myth making and parody so that too many scenes drag on long after they’ve lost their punch.

An opening bar showdown featuring Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin has comic possibilities but they’re long gone by the time the extras are wiped out and one of the scene’s principals gets a bullet in his brain.

Seen in the films poster cradling what may be one of the meanest looking guns in captivity, Mr. Banderas’s Mariachi arrives on the scene toting a guitar case full of firepower.

Notable among the film’s pyrotechnics are some strikingly choreographed moments, like one in which Mr. Banderas and his adversary slide across a bar from different ends to wind up face to face, or a scene that finds him and Ms. Hayek leaping off a building with a fireball at their backs.

The film’s final confrontation allows the Mariachi two well-armed backup men, one of whose guitar cases appears to hold a rocket launcher.





On the other sideway is the highly overrated and extremely arrogant Anthony Hopkins.

When you find the actor engrossed in a movie instead of the character that is because he is not good at acting, if you find yourself seeing the actor as him rather than as the character then he failed and that’s what happens every time we watch Mr. Hopkins performing a role.

A good actor while performing, transforms himself completely to be the character, he lose himself in the role while they are performing as we perceive in any Banderas films and that is what makes him an exceptionally good actor.

Even though we recognize him in the movies, he does a great job at transforming himself to reflect the character of the person he is trying to portray.

It’s also important to distinguish between the actual mechanics of acting and the role being played.

Anthony Hopkins plays the same way in every move he’s in.

Same accent, same authoritative figure and that make him a terrible actor.




In 2003 Antonio Banderas won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and won the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.

His performance is preserved on the Broadway cast recording released by PS Classics.

The following year he received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

In 2006 he received the L.A. Latino International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award on 14 October and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in 2005.

Hopkins acting awards were all given for his roles rather than for his performances.

The kind of award Mr. Hopkins received is the prizes given to the character rather than the actor like the villain Hannibal Lecter for example.

Those are not awards really deserved by him but by the screenwriters, they should be given a lot of the credit in terms of roles.

In other words, depending on who is the one to be measured, Hollywood has different standards for what is good acting vs. bad acting.





A good actor blends perfectly into the character portrayed to bring that character to life and anything that smacks of artifice or melodrama like Mr. Hopkins performances is just bad acting.

When we believe in a character and get an insight into their motivation and personality forgetting the actor’s own personality then we have a good to great performance and that never happens if Mr. Hopkins is in the movie, we all see him as a personality behind any of his characters.

The Academy Awards have always been all about pretentiousness and obsequiousness, disgusting like changing your nationality to American because you thought you would get more work, which is exactly the basement of Mr. Hopkins recognition.

Hopkins movies and awards are the biggest air bubble and in the meantime many true actors don’t give it the credit they truly deserve.




Banderas appeared in several major Hollywood releases in 1995, including a starring role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed film Desperado and the antagonist on the action film Assassins starred with Sylvester Stallone.

In 1996, he starred alongside Madonna in Evita, an adaptation of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in which he played the narrator, Che, a role played by David Essex in the original 1978 West End production.

He also made huge success with his role as the legendary masked swordsman Zorro in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.

Silence of the Lambs should never have been made; it was a disgusting film and deserved no awards of any kind.

The kind of tasteless people that produce this stuff will do anything for money.

We live in a society that used to praise violence and illness and today we are moving on to healing and we now realize that these kind of disgusting movies aren’t worth our time to waste.

Entertainment industry really needs to help us to pacifying people reaction to violence and not fueling the type of sick behavior portrayed in Hannibal movies.

Film producers, script writers and actors start with a blank sheet of paper, they can make anything happens and the fact that some of them choose extreme violence and mental disorder says a lot about their sick minds.

Hopkins is part of that and it’s nothing to be proud of.


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