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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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