As a kid I always used to notice that the movies I loved never won an Oscar. Then in my 20s I noticed that the people I loved who won an Oscar stopped doing interesting work.
I think something shifts inside them. They’ve often got enough money by this point so they start chasing cred and when you start gunning for awards it all kinda goes belly up creatively I think. I had a look at the last 20 years of Oscar winners and I would say only four directors went on to make another good picture following their win. I don’t want to name names as it’s rude and I know some of the people personally, but even the ones who followed their Oscar with ONE good picture have rarely managed a second in 20 years, which is a tragedy.
Likewise actors, but if you look at that list and look at the work that followed their Oscar only 3 or 4 out of 20 went on to make another good movie. Have a look on Wikipedia. It’s quite a surprise. It’s all just a matter of opinion of course, but the ultimate proof that it can be a creative road-block is that almost all of these winners never went on to win another Oscar, even if their pre-Oscar work was littered with classics.
Best Actress I think is strangely immune to this and around 17 of the last 20 winners have gone on to do more excellent work. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe there’s more great actresses around in this generation. Maybe they pick their movies more carefully than the men. But from Streep to Winslet to Lawrence to Moore to Blanchett it’s a very impressive body of work both before and after the big award.
I love DiCaprio. I think he’s one of the last movie stars and he picks projects and directors carefully enough that I’m pretty much there first day when he has a release. With that in mind, DON’T DROP THE BALL, LEO!!!