Leonardo DiCaprio Will Join Best Actor Oscar Fray, with Brad Pitt in Supporting

It’s official: the two equally matched actors from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won’t compete against each other for Oscars.

Any actor chasing a Best Supporting Actor slot will have to unseat Brad Pitt, who is currently favored to win for his cooly masculine stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s elegiac bromance “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It’s official: Sony is campaigning Pitt for his fourth acting nomination in the supporting category, while Leonardo DiCaprio is going lead.

It makes sense for Pitt to take this route, partly because Booth plays a subservient role in the film to TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio). Pitt has a better shot at a win than DiCaprio, who recently won Best Actor for “The Revenant.”

Similarly, Sony placed “The Americans” star Matthew Rhys in lead and Tom Hanks in supporting for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Both are fair calls. Although Fred Rogers’ story is the star, the movie is really about the Esquire writer who profiled him.

Another movie starring equally matched actors is Robert Eggers’ claustrophobic, Herman Melville-inspired two-hander “The Lighthouse.” A24 decided to place rising star Robert Pattinson (“The Batman”) in the lead, with Oscar perennial Willem Dafoe in supporting. Pattinson scored some strong reviews for his supporting role as the French dauphin in “The King,” opposite Timothée Chalamet, who will vie for lead in that role and supporting for “Little Women.” Dafoe, meanwhile, also plays a hirsute supporting role in Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt gave praised performances in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and we discovered that Sony has presented the actors for consideration of Oscar nomination in the following categories …

Leonardo DiCaprio has been submitted for consideration for a nomination in the lead actor category for his work as Rick Dalton. Brad Pitt has been featured as a supporting actor for his work portraying Cliff Booth, reports IndieWire.

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