The curse is finally broken! After 23 years of waiting, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. The actor was nominated six times in the annual Academy Awards since 1993. We recounted Leo’s nominations before bagging the prestigious award.
1.) Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” 66th Academy Awards (1993)
Young Leonardo DiCaprio is Arnie Grape in this Johnny Depp-starrer film. In the movie, DiCaprio portrays Depp’s brother who is suffering from developmental disability.
This is also Leo’s first ever Academy Awards nomination, but lost the trophy to “The Fugitive’s” Tommy Lee.
2.) Nominated for Best Actor in “The Aviator,” 77th Academy Awards (2005)
Heartthrob Leo’s first Best Actor nomination was for his excellent portrayal of Howard Hughes’s life. Despite being a successful “business tycoon, entrepreneur, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker, and philanthropist,” Howard suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (also known as OCD,) which only worsen during his later years.
Although the film got eleven Oscar nominations, winning five of them, Leo still lost the Best Actor title to Jamie Foxx for the latter’s performance in “Ray.”
3.) Nominated for Best Actor in “Blood Diamond,” 79th Academy Awards (2007)
The Hollywood A-lister got another nomination two years after as he stars in “Blood Diamond” as Danny Archer, an orphan who traveled in South Africa. Archer is on a mission to find the rare jewel with the help of a local fisherman, Solomon Vandy.
However, third time is not Leo’s charm as he lost his chances to Forest Whitaker who starred in “The Last King of Scotland.”
4.) Nominated for Best Actor and Best Picture (as the film’s co-producer) in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” 86th Academy Awards (2014)
Joining the list of actor-slash-producers in Hollywood, Leo’s 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” became his first double nomination. Doing several biography films, Leo once again showcased his brilliance as he portrayed the downfall of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
It still wasn’t Leo’s year as Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” took home the Oscar, while the Best Picture award ultimately went to “12 Years a Slave” starring Brad Pitt.
5.) Nominated and won Best Actor in “The Revenant,” 88th Academy Awards (2016)
Leo finally won his well-deserved Best Actor award thanks to his role in “The Revenant” where he played the America hunter-explorer Hugh Glass, which is based on Michael Punke’s novel.
Congrats, Leo! Kate Winslet (and the rest of us) is super proud of you!
Which other Leonardo DiCaprio film do you think the actor should have won an Oscar for?