Few people have had a better, more consistent career than Leonardo DiCaprio. This year, at age 39, he was nominated for his THIRD best actor Oscar, 20 years after he was nominated for his first Oscar (best supporting actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape). Getting nominated for an Oscar twenty years apart is a pretty impressive feat within itself, but it’s what happened between those two Oscar noms that has brought Leo to where he is today.
All he’s done since his first Oscar nomination at the age of 19 was star in a slew of classic movies, dominate the profession like DeNiro did a generation before him and become the muse for one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. Oh, and he’s picked up three more Oscar nominations as well. Seriously, look at Leo’s movie lineup and name me one GLARING flaw. Obviously not all of his films achieved critical and box office success, but the movies he’s been in since ’93 and now for this ongoing 12 year stretch are insanely consistent. From 2002-2006 he made five films: Gangs of New York, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond. That’s a good career for most actors. Leo turned it into a 5 year stretch of awesomeness. He made two films in 2008 (Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road) that were good movies, but nothing spectacular. He then followed that up with three monster performances with a weird J. Edgar in the middle: Shutter Island, Inception and Django Unchained. Those are 7 of the best movies of the past 12 years that had one huge thing in common: Leonardo DiCaprio.
All those memorable performances and fantastic movies have led to this year, where Leo is nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time in his career, this time for playing the wall street con man Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street. This year, just like every other year at the Oscars, Leo is up against a stacked list of nominees. I didn’t see Dern or Ejiofor, but I think it’s safe to say both men were very good in their lead role. I did, however, see Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. Bale was great in American Hustle, but with a great cast who all hit their performances out of the park, I think it will be tough for Bale to come away with the win. McConaughey was fantastic in Dallas Buyer’s Club. His physical transformation was mesmerizing and haunting, and he stole just about every scene he was in, which is quite the accomplishment considering he was in 95% of the scenes in the film. Without seeing Dern or Ejiofor, he’d be my early favorite to win. But I’d like to see Leo, 20 years after his first nomination, take home the golden statue. Either way, I can’t wait for March 2nd. May the best man win.
We’ve done a lot of hypothetical monster blogs, but this one might take the cake. If there is a demographic out there that would ever root for the Average Nobodies to become porn stars then I will have lost complete faith in humanity. There’s just certain things human eyes aren’t meant to see. That still didn’t stop us from coming us with stage names if we ever made the big time.
Nobody does an award show like Leo. First he takes his mother, so every woman within 100 mile radius is already swooning. Then he wins the best actor award (yawn). Just when you think his night is over, he goes to the after party and starts smooching with his 21 year old supermodel girlfriend. If I didn’t have such a weird obsession with George Clooney I’d say Leonardo DiCaprio is taking over the world. Actually, who am I kidding. Leo IS taking over the world. One award and beautiful supermodel at a time.
It’s weird seeing the cast of Breaking Bad with smiles on their faces, but if there were ever a time to smile, it was last night. The show had been nominated three times before in the Best Drama category, but the Golden statue had always eluded Vince Gilligan and company. Last night, all that changed, and how surreal it was to watch Hank and Jesse and Mike and Walter hug it out for the whole world to see. Well deserved is an understatement, as the writing, directing and acting on this show has been superb for 5 years now. These past 8 episodes (the finale airing next Sunday) have been among the shows best, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the cast share the stage one last time at the Emmys next September.
Among Google’s announcements yesterday was the new Nexus 7, Google’s 7inch tablet. The original Nexus 7 broke ground in both price and performance and this year’s model is no different. Google has released 3 different models of the Nexus 7:
• 16gb wifi edition ($229)
• 32gb wifi edition ($269)
• 32gb LTE edition ($349)
“The Google Nexus 7 is made by ASUS and packs a serious punch. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, everything runs faster. Plus, high-performance rendering ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic.
With dual-band Wi-Fi and optional 4G LTE, including support for hundreds of networks worldwide, you’ll stay entertained – and connected – wherever you are.” -Google
Along with the performance upgrades, they also added a rear facing camera, a higher resolution display, and made the whole form factor smaller and more compact.
If you ask me, this is still the best and cheapest 7inch tablet you can get. You could buy one nexus 7 and a Chromecast for every TV in your house, and still pay less than what an iPad costs.
— Google Nexus (@googlenexus) July 24, 2013
PS- Follow the link in the tweet below to see the live event where Google announced android 4.3, the new Nexus 7’s, and Chromecast!
Miss yesterday’s live event? The full video introduction to the new Google Nexus 7 is now available on YouTube: http://t.co/vgeWNQUT0I
— Google Nexus (@googlenexus) July 25, 2013