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Six Spot #7: Best Actor 1997

The Six Spot

Leonardo Dicaprio Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic

Yes, yes, yes. Leo, again, is the Six Spot. I imagine, if I do enough Six Spots, Leo will probably have barely missed numerous times, from roles in Django Unchained to J. Edgar to Revolutionary Road and, yes, to Titanic. Unlike now, where Leo’s flair for the dramatic has given him the reputation for only taking Oscar-caliber material, this was 1997 Leo—before Leo was “Leo.” As I mentioned in his section, Leo’s film was nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscars and, likewise, won a record-tying 11 statues. The loved Titanic. Simple as that. But, they respected five men just a little bit more than this Hollywood hunk. Perhaps, looking at the slate of veterans, they could only find room for Matt Damon, who unquestionably has more of a performance in Good Will Hunting than does Leo in Titanic.

As for the other contenders, if the Academy couldn’t manage to at least nominate Sarah Polley, I’m convinced the acting branch didn’t see The Sweet Hereafter. Likewise, The Boxer really only landed with the Hollywood Foreign Press and it was before Day-Lewis was a must-see.

Picking Hounsou was tempting, but given the fall from grace Amistad experienced on Oscar morning, I don’t think Hounsou was as close as Leo. Though the acting branch nominated Anthony Hopkins, maybe they just couldn’t bring themselves to nominate this unknown actor when looking at a ballot that featured four veterans and Matt Damon. Alas.

What do you guys think? Who do YOU think was the Six Spot of the 1997 Best Actor race? Was it Leo, Holm, Jim Carrey, or one of the other many contenders? Sound off in the Comments!

(Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I listen to suggestions! So if you have a fun suggestion for future Six Spots, let me know in the Comments!)

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Written by Sam Coffey

Attorney-at-law, Oscaroligist, coffee lover, Fantasy Football silver medalist, soccer fan (Orlando City SC), Geoffrey Rush enthusiast, and Time's 2006 Person of the Year.

Sam joined The Awards Circuit in January 2014, predicting all award shows with 100% accuracy ever since. A.K.A. "the stat guy."


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