Leonardo DiCaprio is probably going to win the Best Actor Oscar for The Revenant this year, which would be his first win in five chances. He previously lost for What’s Eating Gilpert Grape (1994), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamonds (2006) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), all of them worthy performances. However, he might have been even better or just as good in movies he wasn’t nominated for, like Catch Me if You Can (2002), The Departed (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008), Inception (2010), Shutter Island (2010), J. Edgar (2011), Django Unchained (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2013).
This history of loss and pattern of being snubbed has translated into the running joke among film nerds that DiCaprio is transparently desperate to win an Oscar, powering through personal injury on the set of Django, devoting years of his life to securing the financing for Wolf of Wall Street and just generally making one Oscar-bait movie after another.
Then again, maybe he made J. Edgar purely out of a desire to work with Clint Eastwood, not because it was a classic piece of Oscar-bait which just didn’t quite work out for him. Similarly, maybe his devotion to the craft and passion for The Revenant‘s message about the environment is what led him to eat raw meat on camera and almost kill himself in such extreme weather conditions.
Yeah, but it’s a lot funnier to assume it’s all out of his obsessive need to win an Oscar.
That seems to be the inspiration behind The Line Animation’s new online video game Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage, which turns DiCaprio’s transparent quest into an early 90s sidescroller where he earns more points with each pre-Oscars award he wins. Beware, though, along the way he has to outrace Eddie Redmayne in character from The Danish Girl and Lady Gaga, in a nod to their awkward Golden Globes moment. Plus, he must overcome the speed-dampening allure of quaaludes. The biggest challenge of all, though, is a minigame called “Find the Black Nominee.”
If you want to play the actual game, give it a go at RedCarpetRampage.com.