I was thinkin with all this madness on Dicaprio, and I actually saw that people might be on to something.
In he’s career, Dicaprio has played in 6 Best Picture nominated films (two won the prize) and he has worked with THE best directors in the world: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Christopher Nolan.
And on top of that he has generated 5 Academy Award Nominations. This got to be the best resume by an actor under 50 in Holywood. Agreed?
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the greatest actors of his generation and works with top-notch directors and actors on top-notch films. He quite clearly has the best career in Hollywood.
Leonardo has been very savvy about his career. George Lucas wanted him to play Anakin in Episode 2. He was smart enough to make Gangs of New York with Scorsese instead.
I am a big fan of
DiCaprio, but I believe his serious opponent for the title of “Best Career” is
Hackman has the same “legend”
status as other performers in his generation: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Dustin
Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, etc.
He also was in six Best
Picture nominees (Bonnie & Clyde, French Connection, The Conversation, Reds,
Mississippi Burning, and Unforgiven), with 2 winning (although Reds was
expected winner in its year), and he was nominated for four of them, winning
His filmography is full of
classics compared to Streep. Neither of his Oscar wins are infamous (unlike
Hackman has headlined
audience-favorite action/adventure films (The Poseidon Adventure), sports films
(Hoosiers, often regarded as one of the best sports films of all time), and has
portrayed two of the most famous heroes and villains in film (“Popeye” Doyle and
While he hasn’t worked with
Spielberg or Scorsese (and it’s not like they haven’t tried!), Hackman has
worked with acclaimed directors like Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin (Oscar),
co-star Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood (in his Magnus
opus, which earned them both acclaim), and Wes Anderson.
If only he hadn’t retired
with Welcome to Mooseport.
If DiCaprio wins an oscar this year (or soon) and keeps this momentum
unit he’s Hackman’s age, Leo defiantly will have the best career in Hollywood, maybe
of all time.