As the news comes by, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood actor who demonstrated a high level of dramatic versatility, has now lost yet another race to Oscars, the most prestigious awards of our time. This miss, his fourth, also marked 20th anniversary of his first Oscar nomination and hence yet to open his account in this arena. His previous nominations were Best Actor for The Aviator and Blood Diamond, Best Supporting Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Although all three times, he was beaten by better performers playing career defining roles like Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Jamie Foxx in Ray and Martin Landau in Ed Wood and now to Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, but the class shown by Leonardo along with the variety of roles performed, counts no less.
Coming to Oscars, it is said to follow a set rule and performing in any of the true story, public related issue or any widely known historical event will bring you in the list. However, poor Leonardo, despite covering all these roles in his career so far, is yet to beg the Oscars. His latest nomination via The Wolf of the wall street was described as his career best performance by critics all over the world.
Leonardo’s work in The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can in terms of true story movies, Inception, Shutter Island and The Aviator in social issue/war movies, made him the most feted and bankable actor in Hollywood, yet has also consistently lost out on that elusive Academy Award.
But can stardom really win you Oscars?
History says negative. If it was so, George Clooney must have bagged for The Descendents or Brad Pitt would get his Oscar reserved for the performance in Moneyball. If it was so, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp would not leave any Oscar award ceremony unmarked.
Whatever may be the reason for his name yet not listed in prestigious list, World of Internet responded dutifully in support of their favourite actor and comes out (mostly sarcastically) in forms of memes.
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