The Aviator


Director: Martin Scorsese CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilley, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Frances Conroy, Willem Dafoe

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cate Blanchett); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Alda); Best Director (Martin Scorsese); Best Original Screenplay (John Logan); Best Sound Mixing

I First Saw In: 2005

Synopsis: A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’s career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

Did You Know? As of 2014, Cate Blanchett remains the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying an Oscar winner.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Why are women in cinema always wooed by creepy men molesting them? Oh that’s right, because they’re made by men, who like to stroke their own egos and thereby encourage men to be creepy and to never accept no as an answer.

I want very badly to like Leonardo DiCaprio; he seems to put great effort and dedication into his roles, but I think I’ve decided that I don’t really care for his style of acting. He has to scream in every movie and he’s always scowling in that angsty “I’m a tortured actor” way. His best performances, in my opinion, were What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and Marvin’s Room, but his subsequent work has seemingly been a quest to obtain that ever-elusive Oscar statuette. Indeed, his roles have become increasingly excessive with garish eccentricities.

Cate Blanchett, on the other hand, is sublime as Katharine Hepburn. Her performance and the beautiful cinematography are the only redeeming aspects of this film.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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