Much like many other actors such as Johnny Depp and Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in some of the most critically-acclaimed films of modern times, but has yet to see his talent awarded with an Academy Award.
Now aged 40, DiCaprio has been a professional actor since he was five, and despite being nominated many times, he still hasn’t won an Oscar. Everyone can see that Dicaprio is well-deserving of one by now, so here are six of his finest roles that we think he definitely should have been given a gold statue for.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Critics were overwhelmed by DiCaprio’s portrayal of mentally-disabled teenager Arnie in this drama by Lasse Hallstrom. In his breakthrough role, DiCaprio starred alongside Johnny Depp and earned his first Oscar nomination but lost out to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive.
Blood Diamond (2006)
Despite his less-than believable accent, DiCaprio earned a Best Actor nomination for his role as Rhodesian gunrunner Danny Archer. However, he lost out to Forest Whitaker, who won the award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
The Aviator (2004)
When we look at past Oscar winners, the ones who play historical figure are usually shoe-ins for the golden statues. Leo is on top form in The Aviator, portraying Howard Hughes, who famously suffered from OCD – and DiCaprio got so into the role that he developed OCD himself. This time, it was Jamie Foxx who beat DiCaprio for the Best Actor award, for musical biopic Ray.
Django Unchained (2012)
This was the film that saw Leo step out of his comfort zone and play the bad guy in Quentin Tarantino’s homage to spaghetti Westerns. Surprisingly, DiCaprio wasn’t even nominated for his stunning potrayal of despicable plantation owner Calvin Candie. Christoph Waltz instead took home the award for Best Supporting Actor – ironically, for his own role as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained.
The Departed (2006)
The cast of this gangster flick couldn’t get any better – with Leo, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen all on top form as the cops and mobsters who are pitted against each other, almost tearing Boston apart as they try to find the rats in their respective organisations. Despite the film taking home four Oscars, including Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Leo failed to be nominated again.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
DiCaprio’s portrayal of coke-ridden, unscrupulous stockbroker Jordan Belfort was terrifyingly believable, and he was tipped by more people than I can count to win Best Actor. However, history repeated itself and Leo was robbed by another castmate – this time, it was Matthew McConaughey who won, except it was for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club.
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