Uh, oh: Will Leonardo DiCaprio be snubbed by Oscars again this year?

It has become a running gag at just how unlucky Leonardo DiCaprio has been at the Academy Awards. Every year, he gives another great performance in another great film and we wonder if this will finally be the one that earns him that elusive win. But lately, the more important question is whether he will even be nominated.

This year, he has already headlined the spring hit “The Great Gatsby” and stars in the eagerly-anticipated “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The latter marks his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese, for whom he headlined the 2006 Best Picture champ “The Departed” which finally won the director an Oscar.

Despite the pedigree of this project, DiCaprio has odds of just 14 to 1 to win Best Actor, with only one Expert and one Editor, no Top 24 Users and just 5% of All Users predicting him to prevail. 

The last of his three Oscar bids was back in 2006. He was snubbed for 2008’s “Revolutionary Road,” despite earning a Globe nomination. 2010 saw his two biggest commercial successes since 2002’s “Catch Me if You Can,” with Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” but no Oscar recognition for either.

Things were looking up in 2011 when he played a closeted-gay CIA director in Clint Eastwood’s biopic “J. Edgar.” The role sounded like such blatant Oscar bait that it was hilariously spoofed by Funny or Die in the fake trailer “L. DiCaprio.” Indeed, DiCaprio was an early Best Actor frontrunner.  But while he reaped Globe and SAG nominations for the role, he was snubbed at the Oscars in favor of Demián Bichir — best known for a recurring role in television’s “Weeds” — for “A Better Life,” an independent film that grossed less than a fifth of its budget.

Last year, it looked promising as DiCaprio appeared in a film without top billing for the first time in more than a decade, thus allowing him to campaign in the traditionally less-competitive supporting category. For playing a villain in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”, he earned his eighth Globe nomination and won the National Board of Review prize. But he was overlooked by the Oscars. That marked the fifth time that he had appeared in a Best Picture contender but gone without a nomination himself.

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5 thoughts on “Uh, oh: Will Leonardo DiCaprio be snubbed by Oscars again this year?

  1. Either Bruce Dern or Robert Redford, who are nearing the end of their careers, will win. Unless, Chiwetel Ejifor spoils their chances, who gives an equally good performance. Forest Whitaker could be a wild card since his role is pure bait, but I feel DiCaprio will have the most fun and his personal best role in WWS.

  2. You seem to think there’s some consensus that he was snubbed for these performances. May I remind you that he did not receive anything like universal praise from critics for any of these movies and that something like Shutter Island or Inception is not typical Oscar bait. Even with Django Christoph Waltz got better reviews and that’s who was nominated.

    Who do you Oscar pundits insist on falsifying the facts? DiCaprio did not clean up critics’ awards for any of these performances, nor do actors in general tend to win awards for popcorn movies like Inception (Gravity and Sandra Bullock will be a rare exception), nor did DiCaprio receive exceptional reviews for it, so why would anyone realistically anticipate a nomination for it? As for J. Edgar, the movie was trashed by critics. When a movie gets a really rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s virtually impossible for the star to get nominated. Why is your little piece completely devoid of factual context?

    Countless actors have given great performances that have not been nominated, DiCaprio hasn’t been snubbed more than anyone else. Why don’t you talk about someone like Donald Sutherland, who has never been nominated, or Gary Oldman who received his first and to date only nomination in his mid-fifties? DiCaprio is a fine actor, but he’s not the miraculous performer some of you make him out as. You look at someone like Tilda Swinton or Christian Bale and they’ve only been nominated once, even if they did win. You look at Daniel Day Lewis and though he has a record three Oscars, he was only nominated twice before age 40. DiCaprio hasn’t been treated more harshly than anyone else. Perpetual nominees like Meryl Streep are the rare, the very rare, exception, not the rule.

  3. I don’t what the Academy has against Leonardo DiCaprio. He should’ve been named Best Supporting Actor by the Academy and HFPA last year, instead of his co-star Christoph Waltz. As more commercials, reviews, and awards come its way to The Wolf of Wall Street, it also starts to potential on what we can expect from his performance in the film.

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