Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the greatest actors still active today. He can embody and disappear into a role despite his huge fame. He’s starred in some of the biggest and arguably best films since his breakout performance in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His name is enough to sell a movie, his films have an average gross (adjusted for inflation) of around £90 million; everyone loves him… Except, you might say, the Academy. He’s famously being passed over for a Best Actor award on several occasions that audiences have thought he deserved to win.
His new film The Revenant is receiving a lot of positive publicity and many are tipping him to win the award from his performance in the new Iñárritu film. The bookies odds have him as favourite, which matches up with many publications predicting the same. It really could be his year this year.
It takes more than just the best performance of the year to win the coveted award, it can depend highly on how much time is spent on campaigning, during this time some will use dirty tactics to severe others’ chances. An actor can get exposure by showing up to industry seminars, attending parties, purposefully soliciting press coverage and even marketed messages to voters. There are many variables that affect a nominees chances.
So we don’t know every in and out, but let’s take a look at why we think the award has eluded the beloved DiCaprio for so many years. We’ve tackled it film by film in order of release.