6 reasons Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar
Leonardo DiCaprio suffered an all-too predictable Oscar heartbreak again last night, missing out on a Best Actor prize to Matthew McConaughey.
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Despite rave reviews for his turn in Martin Scorsese’s 'Wolf of Wall Street', he’s been snubbed once again. What does the poor millionaire actor have to do to win an Academy award? Why has he not got one already? We investigated…
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He’s been unlucky
First, lets look at his nominations, and who he lost out to.
Leo has been nominated twice before in the Best Actor category for ‘The Aviator’ in 2005 and ‘Blood Diamond’ in 2007.
In those years he lost out to Jamie Foxx in ‘Ray’ and Forest Whitaker in ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Two towering and career-defining performances, much like Tommy Lee Jones’ in ’The Fugitive' which denied him earlier in his career when he was nominated for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’.
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Ditto 2014. Let’s be clear, Leo is fantastic as Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. It’s a typically intense performance, but it’s also one that proves he’s got what it takes to do physical comedy too.
However, Matthew McConaughey (who pipped him to the post) is riding the crest of a wave of critical acclaim, in the the biggest year of his acting career. This makes Leo plain unlucky.
He’s too consistent
Since his breakthrough in 1993 with the double-whammy of ‘This Boy’s Life’ and ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’, Leo has consistently made good career moves. His back catalogue is solid, working up from child star, to teen heartthrob, to Hollywood A-lister, taking in a ‘Titanic’ sized mega-hit in along the way.
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He’s never really made any major mis-steps along the way (I even rate ’The Beach’) so "where’s the drama in that?" asks The Academy who love a “story” to go with their Oscar-winners. McConaughey – the comeback kid. Daniel Day-Lewis – the method man. And so on.
In fact, Leo doesn’t have a “career-defining” performance yet. Just many, many very good ones.
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He’s doesn’t do "gimmicks"
Aside from his Oscar-nominated turn as the mentally-challenged Arnie in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape', Leo has avoided roles that require physical affections or tics, the sort of thing that brings in Oscars.