Quite possibly the most mysterious case of actors who haven’t won an Oscar was the case of Mr. Leonard Dicaprio. He is easily one of the best actors of our generation, if not the best. Until yesterday, receiving an Oscar had slipped through his fingers five times, yet he never showed us his grief. He always put on a smile and clapped for the award winner.
Leo Finally Wins His Oscar
Now, he has finally got what he deserves. The Academy Award for best actor went to Leo for his intense role in The Revenant where he ate a raw bison liver, fought a bear and was just an overall badass. His first nomination came in 1993 for his supporting actor role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He ended up losing out to Tommy Lee Jones. The actor has patiently waited 23 years since his first nomination to finally win the coveted Oscar, and he won the award every actor dreams of winning for Best Actor.
The real question is did he win it for his role in The Revenant, or was it for all the glorious roles he played before that? Sometimes, The Academy seems to give ‘make-up’ rewards.
Leo’s Illustrious Career
If we look back at his career and filmography, we see many roles he should have won the Oscar for. Everyone remembers Titanic right? It’s a challenge to think of a film that was more successful. It’s also no wonder that it was directed by, James Cameron, the greatest director of our time. And then there is The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond and the list goes on.
In 2005, he came close to winning the award for his role in Aviator, but Jamie Foxx came away with the reward for his touching role in Ray.
After Leo thanked everyone in his acceptance speech, he spoke about climate changes and gave us this quote, “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.” It is nice to see the humanitarian side of a wildly rich and successful actor.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016
Now that Leo has everything, what will he do next? Maybe this is only the start of his award winning, but considering the unpredictability of The Academy this most likely will not happen again anytime soon. Enjoy your reward Leo, the world knows you deserve it!