He’s frozen to death and drowned, he’s been deprived of the love of his life, he’s run the meanest firm in Wall Street and he’s (relatively recently) been forced to eat raw bison liver for the sake of authenticity. Also, he’s portrayed one of the scariest slave-owners in recent Western film tradition. Love him or hate him, Leonardo DiCaprio has done everything to get an Oscar, but all he’s gotten so far is a legion of memes for his trouble. It’s gotten so bad in fact, that his recent attempts have gotten him transported straight into the realm of vidya…
Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage is a Flash arcade game developed by The Line Animation, in the style of the legendary SNES Olympic Summer Games, specifically the 110 m hurdle, but enhanced with a ton of twitchy, arcade elements and some minigames thrown in. The gameplay is pretty simple: alternate between the G and H keys on the keyboard and smash Space to jump over nosy paparazzi, dodge Lady Gagas and collect Golden Globes to increase your speed and gather award nominations. Get enough nominations and you’ll be bumped up to an Oscar nomination, which will give you a Sonic spindash-style boost.
The game also features events which take place when Leo gets tripped by certain celebrities or when he slows down, which allow for a last-second boost. These events are minigames which reference some of the actor’s most memorable scenes, from his Wolf Of Wall Street drug-fueled breakdown all the way to his Django performance, smearing blood all over Kerry Washington‘s horrified face. Other events include outracing Leo‘s new challengers, Micahel Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne. The game is simple to play through and master, but it gets pretty brutal if you make it past the minute mark, which makes for an excellent lunch-break time waster.
Of course, the game is all well and good, but we should take a moment to consider DiCaprio‘s predicament: this is his fourth Oscar nomination and his most recent film, The Revenant, seems to be gathering a lot of award hype. Many say that this might be his once chance to finally get the award in the first place. While we cannot know until February 28 rolls in and the awards hullabaloo is over and done with, we want the actor to know that we sincerely acknowledge his trouble and wish him success in his endeavor. We would like to impart to him the words of C.P. Cavafy, from his poem Ithaka:
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.