January 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm #83328
I have heard a lot of members here saying that Leonardo DiCaprio either has been criminally snubbed by the Academy, or should have plenty more nominations by now.
I have read comments from fans moping about how DiCaprio will never get an Oscar since he couldn’t get nominated for Django Unchained, as if it were the last DiCaprio movie that will ever get made.
It’s starting to irritate me a little bit. Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the most fortunate men in Hollywood, and his fortune at the Oscars should not be overshadowed by his box office draw.
To get an Oscar nomination is certainly an honor for any actor. To get two is a feat only 72 living male actors can boast, and only 39 living actors have 3 or more Oscar nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of them. He also happens to be the youngest. (EDIT: after doing further research, I have discovered that not only is DiCaprio the youngest living thrice nominated male actor, he is also the youngest to have two or more nominations. For the full list, see page 2 of this topic)
To say that DiCaprio will never win an Oscar if he hasn’t by now just sounds whiney. What we need to remember is that Leonardo DiCaprio is still very young, and as Tom O’Neil has pointed out on numerous occasions, the Oscars aren’t quick to award the young, good-looking A-list movie stars. They might just be waiting for the “right” role to come along, and he may be in his 50s before the Academy realizes he’s overdue, or perhaps once his peers start to make up the larger portion of the voting membership. Sure, at 38, he’s no Jennifer Lawrence or Quvenzhane Wallis, but it’s worth noting that the Academy obviously has respect for DiCaprio.
Also, there are many legendary actors and actresses who have had to wait until they were older than 38 and had three or more unfruitful Oscar nominations before they finally got around to winning:
- Vanessa Redgrave was 40 when she won her first Oscar, with her 4th nomination.
- Laurence Olivier was 41 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
- Susan Hayward was 41 when she won her first Oscar, with her 5th nomination.
- Dustin Hoffman was 42 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination (and he won another after that)
- Sean Penn was 43 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
- Robin Williams was 46 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
- Gregory Peck was 46 when he won his first Oscar, with his 5th nomination.
- Shirley MacLaine was 49 when she won her first Oscar, with her 5th nomination.
- Susan Sarandon was also 49 when she won her first Oscar, also with her 5th nomination.
- Al Pacino was 52 when he won his first Oscar, with his 8th nomination.
- Robert Duvall was 52 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
- Michael Caine was 53 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination (and he won another after that)
- Ronald Colman was 56 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination
- Maureen Stapleton was 56 when she won her first Oscar, with her 4th nomination.
- Jeff Bridges was 60 when he won his first Oscar, with his 5th nomination.
- Paul Newman was 61 when he won his first Oscar, with his 7th nomination.
- Geraldine Page was 61 when she won her first Oscar, with her 8th nomination.
- Walter Huston was 65 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
- Morgan Freeman was 67 when he won his first Oscar, with his 4th nomination.
We should also remember that DiCaprio (along with other A-list celebrities yet to win an Oscar like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp) is still just that: an A-list celebrity who can still command a $20 million per flick paycheck, and can choose just about any film he wants to be in, and multiple opportunities to work with beloved directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, and Sam Mendes, just to name a few. And let’s face it: he’s got a good track record. It’s pretty hard to think of a bad DiCaprio movie. Maybe some bad DiCaprio performances, but most of the films on DiCaprio’s resume are Oscar flair, and they will continue to be for years to come. He has built up an excellent filmography and reputation within the industry. He is well-respected, and I think he will win his Oscar someday. But most likely later than sooner.January 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm #83330
Who is saying that he’ll never win? That’s the stupidest comment I’ve ever heard.
January 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm #83331
Thanks for your well written and thought out post.
That said, I’m wondering if DiCaprio will even get that 4th nomination.January 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm #83332
Great post, Daniel. Really, I’m curious how next year will pan out for him. It’s really hard to tell how Gatsby will play out, but any chance to work with Marty offers some hope.January 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm #83333
Not really worried about Leo. Hopefully he’ll have plenty of time. I’m more concerned about Glenn Close, Sigourney Weaver, and the never nominated Donald Sutherland.January 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm #83334
He’s been snubbed on multiple occasions but seeing as he’s got another 50 years to win an Oscar I hardly think today’s news makes any difference.January 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm #83335
He’ll be nominated again (maybe even win) eventually, fans just need to calm down and don’t rush to predicting him for wins the moment he gets cast in anything remotely Oscar-baity and before anything that barely has to do with Oscar season happens.January 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm #83336
He’ll be nominated again (maybe even win) eventually, fans just need to calm down and don’t rush to predicting him for wins the moment he gets cast in anything remotely Oscar-baity and before anything that barely has to do with Oscar season happens.
Should be posted in every post about Leo or one of his movies. People here were already calling him a contender next year before this years nomination even came out. Like JFC, no one everyone loves making fun of Leo constantly getting left out.January 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm #83337
The last two years, he has had so much buzz so early in the race that it was bound to die down, and in both cases he was snubbed. But both those years, the buzz was premature. Neither film had been even seen yet. This upcoming year works in his favor, I think: with the release of Gatsby being so early, the buzz will either be there or it won’t. Either it will suck and we can toss it aside and wait for Wolf of Wall Street (which I don’t think will be the case), or it will be a smash and he’ll stick around for another nom. Whatever buzz he might have going into Oscar season, it will be deserved buzz, as the performance will have been seen by wide audiences. The only unknowns would be his category placement, and whether he would also be a contender for WoW. But however it goes next year, I wish him luck!January 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm #83338
Thank you Daniel! It is nice to see fellow Oscar enthusiasts who can analyse facts to disprove the popular opinionsJanuary 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm #83339
One question I have is why don’t Leo’s friends, like Kate Winslet or Daniel Day-Lewis or some other Oscar winner he knows, push for a nomination or win for him? It’s been done to help other actors, such as Sean Penn for Javier Bardem or Julie Roberts for Denzel Washington or this year with Reese Witherspoon for Naomi Watts. You’d think one of his peers would feel bad that he is often overlooked and maybe help him out.January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm #83341
Kind of disppointed he missed out. I switched him out after BAFTA then put him back in after I went to bed and left it. He’ll win, but who knows when. He just has bad luck.January 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm #83342
If the Academy keeps this up, I really don’t see him winning. He may have looks but he’s not that amazing of an actor; just a movie star. We’ll discuss his chances of getting a nomination next December to see how things go with his chances.January 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm #83343
A stoic man like Jay Gatsby in a Baz Luhrmann film that’s been delayed and delayed? I’m not holding my breathe. But, I do think Leo is a terrific actor. If he keeps working, they likely cant ignore him forever. Even if it’s for directing.