Jamie Neish: DiCaprio is well worth a first Oscar triumph

LEONARDO DiCaprio could be on his way to his very first Academy Award after receiving a nomination in the Best Actor category last week.

Leonardo diCaprio stars in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Leonardo diCaprio stars in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

The star is recognised for his role as real-life frontiersman in The Revenant, which scored itself no less than 12 nods.

Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon will compete against DiCaprio for the statue.

Other nominees include Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams and Brie Larson, who is nominated for her fearless performance in Room.

The director of Room picked up a nomination too, beating the likes of Steven Spielberg and Todd Haynes for a spot on the list alongside Alejandro G Inarritu, Adam McKay, George Miller and Tom McCarthy.

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