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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Desperation to Win an Oscar Makes for a Surprisingly Awesome Video Game

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

Source: SlashFilm


  1. Honestly, I think the whole matter with Leonardo DiCaprio is kind of unfair. I remember when Titanic hit the theatres and Kate Winslet got nominated but he didn’t. The narrative back then was “he is too young and just a pretty face” and I NEVER understood that, having seen his performance in The Man with the Iron Mask which came out around the same time. (You can say about the movie whatever you want, but seeing him playing twins with totally different personalities and then playing one twin pretending to be the other one was a damn impressive performance – in fact, my favourite of everything he did to this day). I remember that admitting back than that you are a Leonardo DiCaprio fan would cause people sniff arrogantly at you…in fact, I wasn’t even a fan, I just thought that it was kind of unfair how people were judging him because he was “too pretty”, and was treated like an idiot for it. He literally needed to take those roles in order to get away from the “pretty boy” image. Not just the academy, the film fan community needed way too long to admit that they were wrong with their initial assessment of his talent. It is high time that he gets what he deserved years ago and was denied due to stupid prejudices. But even if he gets it now, people will assume it was because he has been nominated so often beforehand. He will now actually need a second Oscar to quell that notion.

    1. I don’t know. Isn’t it implied in all of the “Leo is desperate to win an Oscar” jokes that we all sort of agree that it’s ridiculous that he hasn’t already won? That being said, I remember exactly what you’re talking about. After Titanic, there was such a big pushback against him. Suggesting that he was a good actor was not an argument which many people cared to hear. However, I think that actually feeds into all of the Oscar jokes because it’s completely obvious how far he’s come in his career and silly to think that he still has to earn respect.

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