Person of the Day – Leonardo DiCaprio

I’m so lazy these days and it’s almost Oscar-time already… But meanwhile let’s celebrate another great actor that I, again, absolutely adore. And it goes nicely together with my last post about great Kate. So:

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Yes, it is Mr DiCaprio’s birthday today and he is turning mighty fine 43. I have obviously loved him since Titanic (and yes again, it’s been 20 years), had a huge crush on him back then. I’ve seen most of his films, I think there’s probably 3-4 that I haven’t. And I actually think I have most of them on DVD as well as I collected them back in the days when I still bought hard copies.

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Besides Leo being one of the greatest actors alive, he is using his power and money to do good. For example his foundation has collected around 80m dollars to save the environment. It’s hard not to appreciate people who will dedicate a big part of their life to do good. Leo is for sure one of those guys. But then again, he likes to date models 20 years younger. But who could blame him? 😀

gilbertgrapeLeonardo DiCaprio was born in Hollywood and started acting as a child in commercials and educational programs. He got some small parts in TV series when in his teenage. His first feature film was Critters 3 (that I haven’t seen) but got his name out in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993. He also received his first Oscar nomination for that film and deservedly so. If you haven’t seen this Johnny Depp starring movie, you should. Already Leo is a reason to see it. Since then he has gathered five acting nominations and finally won one for The Revenant. If you ask me, he is a guarantee these days for a film, even though some of his latter films haven’t been THAT great, they’ve always been at least watchable.

As I did with Kate, I want to celebrate Leo’s day by listing my five favourite films of his. I could also list my favourite performances of his because there are quite a lot of difference in there, for example The Revenant; I admire the film and Leo is amazing but I really didn’t like it. And for sure, I don’t want to see it again. So these are my favourite ones, the ones I actually like a lot.

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5) The Departed (2006)

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I thought it would be a bit easier to choose these five as Leo tends to do quite hard, dark stuff that you don’t really want to see again even though how great the film is. The Departed is one of those dark ones that I really want to see again. It’s been way too long since I saw it. And liked it A LOT. Great film with great cast. Definitely earned all the praise it got (four Oscars).

Another film that I considered to be my number five was Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002), a film about Frank Abagnale Jr., a real life conman who managed to cheat people around the world already before turning 20. The film is actually great but I made my film analysis course of it and omg how many times I’ve watched that film and shred it to pieces. Ugh. I’m not sure I want to see it ever again but if you haven’t, you should, it’s terrific! My guest review of the film can be found at Cinema Parrot Disco.  

4) Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Gosh, it’s been way too long since I watched this the last time. I might even put it higher if I could remember it better. But I remember that first time when I watched it. I think I wrote dreadful poetry afterwards for hours. But I was a teenager and what is more suiting than two beautiful people in tragic romance. Yep. But I still love how dream-like the whole movie is. With one stellar cast.

3) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

My review of the film. And I still stand by all those words. And deffo my favourite performance of Mr DiCaprio. He is so funny.

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2) Inception (2010)

I kind of wanted to put this on the top of the list as the film is absolutely beautiful, interesting, looks stunning and has amazing ensemble cast. Inception to me is almost the perfect film. When I first saw it in the cinema, I was stunned. I almost fell from my chair because I was leaning forward with amazement. Perfection.

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1. Titanic (1997)

You knew it all along. Who didn’t love Leo, Kate and that huge sinking ship back in 1997? And I still do. Without lying, I think I’ve seen this film at least 40 times. At least. At some point I was able to continue the dialogue if someone first started. I watched it all the time. Like ALL the time.

Fun fact: While I browsed IMDb for those links, I noticed that besides those doomed love stories all other films mentioned in my top-5 were at IMDb’s Top-250 list. I did the search, he has total of six films on that list. Talking about one of the greats.

 

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And the Winners are…

2017oscarsBest Picture

Winner: Moonlight

Directing

Winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

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Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Emma Stone, La La Land

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Viola Davis, Fences

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Moonlight

Original Screenplay

Winner: Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film

Winner: Zootopia

Foreign Language Film

Winner: The Salesman (Iran)

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Documentary Feature

Winner: O.J.: Made in America

Cinematography

Winner: La La Land

Film Editing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

Production Design

Winner: La La Land

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Costume Design

Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Makeup and Hairstyling

Winner: Suicide Squad

Original Score

Winner: La La Land

Original Song

Winner: “City of Stars,” La La Land

Sound Editing

Winner: Arrival

Sound Mixing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

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Visual Effects

Winner: The Jungle Book

Animated Short Subject

Winner: Piper

Live Action Short Film

Winner: Sing

Documentary Short Subject

Winner: The White Helmets

Oscar Predictions 2017: Winners

2017oscarsOK, so I totally ran out of time, so let’s just cut to the chase. Here are my predicted winners and the ones that I wish would win. I missed a lot of films this year, so my wish-list is limited.

lalalandBest Picture

Winner: La La Land
Wish: La La Land

Directing

Winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Wish: Tie between Chazelle & Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Wish: Casey

emmastonestageActress in a Leading Role

Winner: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Wish: Emma Stone, La La Land

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Viola Davis, Fences
Wish: I don’t care

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Wish: Don’t care

Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Wish: Arrival, Eric Heisserer

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Original Screenplay

Winner: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Wish: Manchester

Animated Feature Film

Winner: Zootopia
Wish: Kubo and the Two Strings

Foreign Language Film

Winner: The Salesman (Iran)
Wish: No opinion as I haven’t seen any of these

oj_madeinamericaDocumentary Feature

Winner: O.J.: Made in America
Wish: Again, no opinion

 

Cinematography

Winner: La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Wish: Arrival, Bradford Young

Film Editing

Winner: La La Land, Tom Cross
Wish: La La Land

Production Design

Winner: La La Land, Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Wish: Arrival, Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte

Costume Design

Winner: Jackie, Madeline Fontaine
Wish: La La Land, Mary Zophres

Makeup and Hairstyling

Winner: Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Wish: ?

Original Score

Winner: La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
Wish: La La Land

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Original Song

Winner: “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Wish: “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Sound Editing

Winner: Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
Wish: Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare

Sound Mixing

Winner: La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
Wish: La La Land

Visual Effects

Winner: The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
Wish: Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff

piperAnimated Short Subject

Winner: Piper
Wish: Don’t care

Live Action Short Film

Winner: Silent Nights
Wish: ?

Documentary Short Subject

Winner: The White Helmets
Wish: The White Helmets

Oscar Winners 2016

 

 

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Most importantly: Leonardo DiCaprio is an Oscar Winner! ❤

Spotlight (yay!) is the best picture and Alejandro G. Iñárritu  is the best director again.

Emmanuel Lubezki won for the third time in a row. Wow. Mad Max won the most and Ex Machina surprised by winning the visual effects Oscar.

The Oscar winners 2016

Picture: Spotlight

Director: The Revenant – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Actor in a leading role: The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio

Actress in a leading role: Room – Brie Larson

Actor in a supporting role: Mark Rylance

alicia_vikander_oscars2016Actress in a supporting role: Alicia Vikander

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short

Original Screenplay: Spotlight

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Animated Short Subject: Bear Story

Cinematography: The Revenant

Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Makeup & Hair-styling: Mad Max: Fury Road

amyposterDocumentary Feature: Amy

Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River: A Price of Forgiveness

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

Original Score: The Hateful Eight

Original Song: Spectre

Short Film (Live Action): Stutterer

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects: Ex Machina

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