Leonardo DiCaprio's road to the Oscars was paved with a Golden Globe on Sunday night. He won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for playing an 1820s fur trapper who fights for survival after he is mauled by a bear and abandoned by his colleagues in "The Revenant."
DiCaprio has won two Golden Globes in the past, for 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" and 2004's "The Aviator." But he's never won an Oscar, despite four nominations, and awards pundits have a hankering this could be his year. The "Revenant" personnel, including director Alejandro González Iñárritu, have crafted a campaign narrative that emphasizes the movie's arduous winter shoot -- a sentiment echoed many times at Sunday's awards, including during Iñárritu's speech for Best Director. That message furthers the "he's overdue!" chorus that's long been a staple of A-list performers without an Academy Award on their mantlepiece, à la DiCaprio.
"The Revenant" also nabbed Best Motion Picture - Drama, giving the movie further Oscar momentum -- though it should be noted that the Academy's ballots were due on Jan. 8, meaning the awards will not influence nominations when they're announced on Thursday.
DiCaprio topped Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and Will Smith ("Concussion") for the award.
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