If there is one thing we should have learned about the Oscars by now is the Academy seems to have it out for Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite being one of the forerunners to win the award for Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained Di Caprio failed to secure a nomination.
Instead the five actors nominated, as Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane were only too keen to point out, have all won before. DiCaprio hasn’t received a nomination since 2007 for Blood Diamond. In his illustrious career he has only received three Oscar nominations and no wins. To put that in perspective he’s been nominated nine times at the Golden Globes including a victory.
The other big snubs were all in the director category, with Tom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck all coming up empty. Bigelow and Hooper have both won in recent years, 2009 and 2010 respectively; Affleck on the other hand has failed to score a nomination for his three prestigious films, but he does have an Oscar on his shelf for writing Good Will Hunting.
Other than Leo and the directors, The Dark Knight Rises was the biggest loser. Rises failed to secure a single nomination, even in the technical categories, which it was expected to do well in. DiCaprio may have another shot next year with both The Great Gatsby and Martian Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, but knowing the Academy I wouldn’t get my hopes up.