A new browser game has taken off on the Internet. The aim? To get Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar.
“Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage” -- based on the actor’s struggle to win an Oscar -- has risen to an average 1,000 plays a minute since its release Tuesday. The old-school arcade-style platform game was created by The Line, a London-based animation studio.
Bjorn-Erik Aschim, a director at The Line, says the idea for a simple game using keyboard commands struck him after he created DidLeoWinAnOscarYet.com. That website features a GIF of a disappointed-looking DiCaprio and the word "no" in big, bold letters.
"I think everybody feels for Leonardo DiCaprio a little bit," says Aschim. "He’s been nominated quite a lot of times and never really got it. You root for this guy."
To date, DiCaprio’s been nominated for six Academy Awards. His latest Oscar nod came this year for “The Revenant.”
In the browser-based game, you play as a miniature, animated Leo in a never-ending quest to reach the end of the red carpet, where an Oscar awaits him.
Players control the 2016 Oscar nominee by alternately hitting the G and H keys to run and the spacebar to jump over obstacles like photographers, Lady Gaga and icebergs. Collecting Golden Globes along the way helps DiCaprio gain speed boosts and increase the high score. DiCaprio must race after the Oscar against other Best Actor in a Leading Role nominees including Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne.
The game is available to play on desktop and mobile browsers for free via the game’s website.