And the Oscar goes to .. not Leonardo DiCaprio. Having starred in numerous Oscar nominated movies since as long as we can remember, the star of the Baz Luhrman's adaptation of The Great Gatsby might as well be dubbed as the most snubbed actor from the prestigious academy.
It surprises us how almost year after year, DiCaprio is not only invited, but nominated, at the Academy Awards and yet still ends up empty handed. Immediately after the premiere of any movie starring DiCaprio, Oscar buzz begins – sometimes even before the film premieres (case in point The Great Gatsby). After being snubbed from an Oscar so many times, you'd think he'd stop making such inspiring movies and settle for rom-coms instead, no?
Titanic, The Aviator, Inception, Django Unchained are just some of Leo's almost-perfect films worthy of a golden statue, and after personally watching The Great Gatsby, I would say he's definitely a contender for Best Actor this year as well.
Here's our list of the 10 Leonardo DiCaprio films* that should have earned him an Oscar. It baffles us that he hasn't won the 'golden man' award yet. Fingers crossed for next year!
*This list is no particular order.
Being a poor boy on board the biggest ship in the world, falling in love with a rich engaged lady and ending up dying for that woman while she floats on a piece of wood and gets rescued wasn't enough to win Leo an Oscar. I say blame Kate Winslet.
Man in the Iron Mask
Then came this epic movie set in the time of X's, V's and I's. DiCaprio played King Louis XIV, the cruel king of France who has a twin brother (also played by DiCaprio). Not even a second DiCaprio in the same film was enough for an Oscar.
Catch Me If You Can
Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Leonardo DiCaprio. A recipe for Hollywood perfection right? DiCaprio's role as Frank Abagnale Jr. had the movie world buzzing back in 2002, but even though the Oscar that year went to Walken, it didn't stop DiCaprio performing so perfectly in his career.
So when even a Spielberg-directed is not good enough to earn DiCaprio an Oscar, what does the poor guy do? Star in a film directed by Christopher Nolan and guess what? Four Oscars! But none for Di Caprio. Mind boggling.
Even though he didn't have much to say until the end of the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio's performance was awe-inspiring. This guy can play any character, do any accent, and be in any movie. You can't stereotype this actor, that's for sure.
Another legendary director, Martin Scorsese, directed this film and is still a favorite to watch again and again by many filmgoers. DiCaprio did win an award for this… a Saturn Award (whatever that is).
Gangs of New York
After Catch Me If You Can and Gangs of New York, you probably put your money on DiCaprio winning something. Nope. Not even a 'Saturn' award.
How he made a movie about a smuggler, a fisherman, and diamonds seem interesting is beyond me. Even though I haven't seen this one, for it to have five Oscar nominations says something. Still, not for Di Caprio.
My personal favorite DiCaprio flick – and not just because Kate Beckinsale and Cate Blanchett co-star. Another 55 wins and an incredible 70 award nominations later, and Leonardo DiCaprio is still not part of the party.
Maybe co-starring with another 'Kate' will do the trick? No. Set in the 1950s, the film exudes not only the star quality of DiCaprio but the fact that this man can absolutely do it all. Except get an Oscar.
– Adnan Al Timimi
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