There's no denying Leonardo DiCaprio wants an Oscar, but for whatever reason he has yet to receive one. I personally feel he's long overdue for one. Allow me to explain why:
Reason #1- His performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
This is a prime example as to why he deserves an Oscar. His performance was so great, those who weren't familiar with the actor at the time thought his condition in the film was genuine. Can you believe it? He got so lost in his character (Arnie Grape) that he convinced people he was actually mentally impaired. That respect he earned was magnified when he stole the spotlight from co-star Johnny Depp and was rewarded with his first Oscar nomination at the age of nineteen.
Reason #2- The Titanic!
Why on earth was he not award an Oscar for this performance? The man froze to death so save the love of his life! What more do they want? Haha seriously though, it's one film that DiCaprio said helped him take control of his career and that he's incredibly proud of it. I think he was the best choice for the role and I'm sure millions of other people do too considering we've all seen the movie over 100 times.
Reason #3- The Wolf of Wall Street.
Need I say more? Receiving a 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. While that number still makes The Wolf of Wall Street “certified fresh,” it deserves a lot better than that. The movie is directed by Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio and Scorsese have been paired on numerous occasions starting with Gangs of New York as well as The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. While all these movies are phenomenal, The Wolf of Wall Street is the best Scorcese-DiCaprio film yet in my opinion. DiCaprio's performance alone makes you both hate and feel sympathy for his character, Jordan Belfort, as he goes from bottom to top to bottom again. It’s both hilarious and dark, all of which takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster.
Reason #4- Django Unchained.
The man was literally injured on set, cutting his hand open so badly that it required stitches on set but never yelled, "Cut," to attend to his bloody hand.
In an intense scene with co-star Samuel L. Jackson, Leo pounds a table, where a shot glass is sitting. "But what happened was the shot glass somehow slid over underneath where he was always slamming his hand down. And in one take, he slams his hand down and the shot glass goes through his hand," co-star Jamie Foxx explained during the press conference for Quentin Tarantino's newest movie in NYC. "And now blood is shooting out [of] his hand and I'm like 'Does everyone else see this? This is crazy!' and he keeps going. And I almost turned into a girl looking at it! But what was amazing is he was so into his character that even when they finally said 'Cut,' he was still this guy... people almost gave him a mini ovation. It was amazing to see that."
That my friends, is dedication.
Reason # 5- His ability to draw in an audience
It's hard to realize sometimes that Leo has been in popular consciousness for twenty-one years. He's astonished audiences around the world with his brilliant performances and ability to woo the ladies for over two decades. He's more than just a pretty face though. Lots of critics think that Leo gets cast in movies to fill the seats with the women who swoon over him. As pretty as he is, you can't deny that the man has talent. He's nailed every role, and does justice to his characters. Being a total stud is just a bonus for him.
I think I've made my point. If any actor out there deserves an Oscar, it's definitely DiCaprio. You see a preview for a movie and he's the star of it, you know it's going to be a good film just because of his performance. Don't you agree?