‘Django Unchained’ Featurette Makes the Case for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Performance
Though the film came out a couple days ago, Quentin Tarantino‘s ‘Django Unchained‘ is going to have to make some tough decisions for its Oscar campaign ahead. It’s hard when you’ve got three performances that could easily qualify for best supporting actor, but this new featurette makes the case for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s performance in the film.
Though DiCaprio doesn’t speak for himself, Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington all make the case for his work, and how hard it was for him to play a southern plantation owner/slave trader who must view black people as property.
As for those Oscar chances, it doesn’t feel like the academy will go for ‘Django’ the way they flipped for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ because it plays too much like an exploitation film (we’re not ruling out some nominations, mind you), so the best shot they have for a big award is in the supporting actor category. But that means that Christoph Waltz, Jackson and DiCaprio could be fighting amongst themselves. Arguably all three performances are award-worthy, but we wouldn’t be surprised if DiCaprio gets the biggest push. After all, he’s been great in movies for twenty years and this is the sort of flashy against-type role that often wins awards for showing an actor’s range.
‘Django Unchained’ is in theaters now. Here’s that featurette: