They should have given the Best Supporting Actor Oscar to little Leonardo DiCaprio back in 1994, when he owned the screen in every scene he was in during the quirky, heartbreaking What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. But the Academy missed its opportunity, and they’ve passed each subsequent time DiCaprio has gotten a nomination. Sure he was great in Wolf Of Wall Street and Blood Diamond, but those were nasty subjects nobody much wanted to think about — especially people with big money dripping in jewels. Maybe DiCaprio just chose the wrong roles for the Academy crowd — though the larger crowd, regular moviegoers, always applauds and pays to see Leo do his thing. (And by the way, how could you possibly snub him for Catch Me If You Can?)
The Revenant is tough viewing too, but it’ll be hard for the Academy to snub Leo again. He didn’t even take a producer credit on The Revenant, which is nominated for Best Picture. Could have been a strategic move. DiCaprio didn’t just get the five nominations as an actor, he was also nominated as a producer for The Wolf of Wall Street, a 2014 contender for Best Picture. Did the dual role dilute his chances? He wasn’t taking any chances this time. Leonardo DiCaprio is all actor this Oscar season.
DiCaprio’s five Oscar nominations as an actor:
The Revenant, 2016 — Best Actor
The Wolf of Wall Street, 2014 — Best Actor
Blood Diamond, 2007 — Best Actor
The Aviator, 2005 — Best Actor
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1994 — Best Supporting Actor