After my Leonardo Dicaprio profile review, I found myself re-watching just about every popular DiCaprio movie he has. This included Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, The Great Gatsby, The Wolf On Wall Street and The Revenant. It made me think about a question I was asked after I wrote my previous post; did you think he deserved the Oscar for best actor this year?
I found myself talking to the people around me about this question. Most of them are hardcore DiCaprio fans, so they all thought I had lost my mind when I told them I didn’t believe he deserved it for The Revenant. Quite honestly, most people would probably think I’m out of my mind for this. Now let me explain why.
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DiCaprio has been in countless works in his documented years as an actor, and he has provided his audience with every emotion an actor can have on screen. Catch Me If You Can got DiCaprio nominated for one award which he ended up winning – but the Teen Choice Awards is definitely no Oscars. This film was good for DiCaprio, and he was brilliant actor in it based on how much acting he did prior to it.
The Aviator was the first movie Leonardo was nominated for best actor in the Academy Awards. He lost to Jamie Foxx for his performance in Ray. The Aviator was definitely a good movie for DiCaprio’s first nomination.
Alright, so now let’s talk about the movies I re-watched that he was never nominated for. Romeo + Juliet was one of DiCaprio’s movies that he was not nominated for in the Academy Awards. Quite honestly, I have never questioned why he wasn’t nominated for that. That movie was a long dragged out rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I’m not saying that the reason this movie was bad was because of DiCaprio, but I am saying that between the awkward, unrealistic relationship between Claire Danes Juliet and DiCaprio’s Romeo and the unfortunate Capulet-Montague basis for the film, the movie was a bust.
Romeo + Juliet is yet another movie of DiCaprio’s that super fans say was one of his best even though if they really analyzed it thoroughly enough, they would know its not. Titanic was very similar to that thinking in many respects. Look, we all managed to cry during Titanic (and if you didn’t I will never understand why) but this was another movie that I definitely did not question when it came down to be not being nominated for best actor.
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DiCaprio was still finding how to be an actor in the up-and-coming world when Titanic came out. It was a huge upgrade from Romeo + Juliet in the acting and story department, but it still wasn’t worthy of a best actor nomination. Clearly he wasn’t nominated for best actor in this, which I am glad he wasn’t. He had his moments throughout the dreadfully long 3 hour and 15 minute movie, (I mean, we all knew what was going to happen, over three hours was completely unnecessary) but he also had some really weak spots.
It is absolutely beyond me why DiCaprio didn’t at least get a nomination for the still-talked-about The Great Gatsby. Ironically on my side, this movie was not actually rated so highly among most review sites and critics, but I love it. I felt that this movie alone showed how much DiCaprio had grown since his early 2000s movies.
DiCaprio was nominated twice for The Wolf of Wall Street at the Academy Awards, one of which was Best Actor, which he lost yet again. This was a movie I completely believe he should have won for. That year he lost to Matthew McConaughey.
Finally, we have The Revenant, which DiCaprio actually did win Best Actor. I do not believe he deserved it for this movie. I conducted an experiment to show other people’s’ reactions to my unpopular opinion. I told people my opinion and they would all say, “I totally disagree with you.” So I would say, “Oh, so how did you like The Revenant?” And they they would say to me, “well I didn’t actually see it but he is an amazing actor.”
So you’re saying that you haven’t even seen the movie he won for, but you think he deserved it for this movie?
Leonardo DiCaprio is truly a clever actor, and trust me, if there was an award for overall amazing actor of the last two decades, I would tell him to go for it! But at the Academy Awards, there isn’t. This award was for the best actor for a specific movie, and I don’t believe there was enough consideration into the other movie actors.
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I believe that DiCaprio got this award for one reason. We all know that the Academy Awards is quite aware about the controversy and jokes around them *cough* Chris Rock’s constant race jokes *cough* so why would I put it past the Academy from seeing the constant jokes made about DiCaprio not ever getting an Oscar prior to the awards?
Don’t get me wrong, either. DiCaprio’s body went through some serious damage in the making of The Revenant. So, to clarify, I do believe Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the top actors of his time, but I do not believe he won the Best actor award for The Revenant itself, but instead for the constant jokes. If this was true, this would make the award given to DiCaprio unrightfully and unfairly won. But, then again, who am I to judge the Academy?