Let's face it, Leonardo DiCaprio has been snubbed more than once for the well deserved Oscar Award. This actor has incredible range and creates the most unique and well-rounded characters seemingly effortlessly. As one of the top A-List actors of his time, DiCaprio has a very familiar face that makes the ladies swoon and the men say, "hey, isn't he that guy you have a crush on?" But, like most daring actors, DiCaprio did not allow himself to be put in a box of type cast heart throbs.
The fact that Leo has not gotten his talented hands on a shiny golden mini statue is a hot topic these days... and for the past several years. Everyone thought he would snag the award for his performance in Titanic (1997). However, that was not the case. Nor was it the case in other great roles to follow, such as, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013), Dominic Cobb in Inception 2010), Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Danny Archer in Blood Diamond (2006), I could go on... However, I am very surprised that DiCaprio did not get an award for his astounding performance as Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) Yes, Johnny Depp stole the show and takes the cake on that one -- it's hard to compete with other phenomenal actors like that. But to portray a mentally ill teenager that early in his acting career is very impressive. DiCaprio was only nineteen when he took on that role. I really enjoy films that bring light to severity of mental illnesses, and while the film is based around Gilbert Grape's journey through his some-what-twisted-some-what-average life, DiCaprio's performance cannot go ignored.
There is a very fragile line when it comes to portraying a certain type of person. On one side you have the offensive whether it be intentional or not, and on the other side you have the "I'm trying so hard not to offend or stereotype anyone that my performance is lacking due to self-doubt." I know if I were approached with a role like this, I would fall into the latter category. These roles are even difficult for the most seasoned actors to fully grasp. I'm sure any sort of role like that is difficult, and for a nineteen year old to knock it out of the park is impressive to say the least.
Of course the film (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, 1993) was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role but were outbid by other films of a similar caliber. DiCaprio's most recent film, The Revenant (2015), currently has eighteen wins, and one-hundred and five nominations, among them is the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama. I guess we will find out tomorrow if he'll nab that award. What are some of your favorite DiCaprio movies/roles and why do they deserve an Oscar?