It was December 25th, 1993 when Arnie Grape came to know a secret: his big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet. Young actor Leonardo DiCaprio, at the age of 19, stepped up to the plate with his breakout performance in Lasse Hallstrom’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
With his first nomination for best supporting actor at such a young age, the Guild and movie lovers realized this young man was something special. Losing to Tommy Lee Jones for The Fugitive his first go around, fans everywhere just assumed Leo would be up for many more nominees and win a couple along the way. But wait, how many times has Leonardo DiCaprio actually won?
The answer, if you already didn’t know is in fact zero. Famous for fan favorite films such as Titanic (1997), The Departed (2006) and Inception (2010) Mr. “I’ll Never Let Go” has only been nominated four times, the fourth being this year’s Oscars. Leo, turning 40 this year, has acted in roughly 30 plus movies, only being nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006) and in 2013 for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, while being the talented, successful, brilliant actor that he is, Leo falls short each time he is nominated to someone who out-classes him just by a hair.
All that being said, he became one of my top-three favorite actors when I decided to finally watch another Scorsese flick – an all-time favorite of mine – The Gangs of New York. With two of Hollywood’s best actors, Daniel Day-Lewis and DiCaprio steal every scene in the entire movie. It seems that every time I see a DiCaprio film, I find myself saying that more and more. Before Wall Street, Leo absolutely murdered the role of Calvin Candie in the spaghetti Western adventure from the genius mind of Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained.
When I first saw the trailer for Leo’s most recent film, The Wolf, I found it fascinating; yet being based off true events, I cannot say I knew much about the back story. Going into this movie, completely unaware of how much I was about to be entertained, the tag team of Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill caught me off guard and took me for an unexpected ride. Drugs in just about every scene, raunchy dialogue and a sex-crazed
Protagonist Antagonist, DiCaprio brought yet another outstanding performance as Jordan Belfort, in which coming-of-age adults in our generation can appreciate. After seeing this movie for the third time around, it keeps climbing easily up my all time list for films. The first time you watch it, you will not believe you were sitting there for three hours. Accounting for my bias favoring Mr. DiCaprio, I do believe he deserved his fourth Oscar Nomination in the category for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Up against a heavy-hitter lineup of top contenders – Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – it seems once again Leo the Great will get snubbed. Having seen The Wolf three times to the day, I can honestly say that the film entirely out shines the Grade A acting done by 39-year-old Leonardo Dicaprio. Hell, Jonah Hill even was nominated for Best Supporting Actor! If you haven’t seen the film yet, download it or go see it immediately. Seeing as he is still so young for a actor and has never won an Oscar (yet), you can bet your “fun coupons” you will be seeing him up there one of these days with an Academy award held high above his head.
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