Given Leonardo DiCaprio’s extensive portfolio of buzz-worthy films, you’d think the actor would have won an Oscar already. Inception? Titanic? Naw, not good enough Leo. The Wolf of Wall Street? Django Unchained? Blood Diamond? Sorry, kid.
But then there’s Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Man in the Iron Mask, Titanic, Romeo + Juliet… and we can’t forget What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. And yet Leo has gotten zero pieces of hardware for any of these roles from the Academy Awards — in either the leading or supporting actor categories. And they’re pretty great roles if we do say so ourselves.
No wonder there have been so many memes dedicated to the subject. After all, the guy has been nominated five different times now. For some reason, he just never wins.
Can’t believe Di Caprio didn’t get an Oscar, but this is funny… pic.twitter.com/XsjaMuYx46
— Thomas Coxhead (@iamcoxhead) March 3, 2014
Leo waiting for his Oscar pic.twitter.com/YkQufLGa8s
— Lauren (@ClockworkJamily) March 3, 2014
But this year, things may finally be about to change for DiCaprio, putting an end to the injustice. With The Revenant getting so much attention heading into the Feb. 28th show, there’s starting to be a murmur or two that this could finally be the actor’s year to bring home the trophy. Need proof that Hugh Glass is his winningest character? Don’t worry, we’ve got it.
1. He’s already taken home the Golden Globe for the role
There are those who say the Globes are the perfect lead-in to an Oscar win. However, once upon a time DiCaprio won for Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator, so we don’t put too much stock in this alone.
2. He’s also snagged a SAG Award for it
And that IS the first time he’s won one for a role. If the actors are calling for it to be Leo’s time, you just know something is going on behind-the-scenes.
3. Kate Winslet has also decided this is his year
Not only has DiCaprio’s former Titanic co-star gone on record as saying she believes this is the year he’s going to bring home the big “W,” but she was also too distracted to talk about anything else at those aforementioned SAG Awards.
4. He’s now in his 40s
It’s not that age has anything to do with it, but age certainly has something to do with it. Breaking away from that teen heartthrob status has definitely been something of a journey for dear old DiCaprio. Even though he’s done a ton of serious films, it seems like only now are we starting to treat him like an adult.
Also, in the last 45 years, only 15 men under the age of 40 have won. So there’s that.
5. The competition doesn’t seem as fierce this time around
Nothing against our other love, Mr. Nice Guy Bryan Cranston, but we don’t think he’ll get hardware for Trumbo come Feb. 28. And Eddie Redmayne was good in The Danish Girl, but not as GREAT as he was in The Theory of Everything. And Michael Fassbender is perhaps a consideration, but the Steve Jobs boat seems to have passed (hey, even Ashton Kutcher has played that role by now). No, our real worry here is Academy favourite Matt Damon for The Martian, but let’s face it: not too many actors from comedies win this category. And The Martian has been very honest about it calling itself a comedy.
6. The entire movie is up for a bunch of awards
DiCaprio aside, The Revenant is up for 12 different Academy Awards, including one for supporting actor Tom Hardy and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. That’s a pretty strong showing, and one that suggests the film is about to get some serious overall hardware. DiCaprio for acting could be just one among many.
7. This is probably his most understated character yet
Sure, playing a big flashy character is going to get you noticed, but it’s also going to get you compared to others who have played the role. If you think about it, a lot of the other movies DiCaprio has leaned towards have featured exactly that type of gig. Jay Gatsby, J. Edgar Hoover, King Louis XIV, freaking Romeo. Sure, Hugh Glass was an actual fur trapper who existed in the 19th century, but he’s a lot less known than, say, Howard Hughes.
8. It’s a really physical role, too
In the past, many of DiCaprio’s characters have focused on his voice and mannerisms, but haven’t really required him to push himself too physically. Even if you haven’t seen The Revenant, you can agree that it looks as though Leo really beat himself up for this one.
9. Because he can’t become a sad record holder
If DiCaprio doesn’t win again this year, he’ll be one of the most losing nominees on record with five. In fact the only people who would have more losses would be Glenn Close (six), Richard Burton (seven), and Peter O’Toole, who leads the pack with eight.
10. This one has nothing to do with Martin Scorsese
It’s a known fact that DiCaprio is one of Scorsese’s muses, but despite the famed director’s clout, we shouldn’t forget that it took him forever to win an Oscar, too. And even then he’s one for nine thanks to his win for The Departed. Maybe some separation between actor and director is a good thing here.
11. He has a little bit of controversy heading into it
We can’t forget that eye-roll DiCaprio gave Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes. It may not have seemed like a big deal at the time (just a funny thing that happened on the old Internet), but buzz is buzz, and having some heading into this illustrious time is always a plus.
12. Did we mention he’s got Claire Danes’ vote too?
The Homeland star made it clear during the SAG Awards red carpet that she’s all Leo this year. We think it could have something to do with the fact that you don’t forget a kiss like this, but hey — when the Queen of Cry Face is voting for you, you take that endorsement to the bank.
13. Because this face can’t be the next Susan Lucci
Everyone knows that Lucci was an always-nominee, never winner at the Daytime Emmys until 1999. (Overall she’s one for 21). This can’t be the same fate for DiCaprio. Just look at that face.
14. And finally, it will be a true shame if he doesn’t win
Talk about jumping through the hoops — media, press, other awards shows, celebrity endorsements and a great, meaty role that he seemed born to play. If this isn’t Leo’s year, then we don’t know when it will be. Ever.
Good luck buddy…
The Oscars air Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.