Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men. He has accomplished some heavy hitting roles in his 23-year career. He has been nominated for only 3 Oscars and has won one of 8 Golden Globe nominations. His resume is astounding with films such as The Basketball Diaries, Romeo & Juliet, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, The Beach, Shutter Island, The Departed, Blood Diamond, and Inception.
His latest endeavor was Django Unchained. He lost this year’s Golden Globe to his fellow actor Christoph Waltz. Both starred in the film and both delivered spine tingling performances. Leo plays “Monsieur” Calvin Candie (thinks he’s French but isn’t), a filthy rich slave owner who enjoys watching slave men fight to the death. In a very passionate and raged filled scene, Candie smashes his hand on a glass and DiCaprio’s hand actually began to bleed. He continued the scene and that is the cut Tarentino kept.  Looking at this role and some of the amazing other characters he has had the great opportunity to portray, one has to wonder: Does the Academy or Hollywood Foreign Press Association have a problem with Mr. DiCaprio?
It is well known how Hollywood politics work in the industry, so I would think it safe to assume that is the case for Leo. I don’t like it as someone who appreciates his work, but there is little one person can do.
In 1994, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Same thing happened at the Golden Gobes. Was there really any comparison?
In 2005, he was nominated for Best Actor in The Aviator. Jamie Foxx won for his portrayal of Ray Charles. Ok, there I can see real competition. In 2007, again he was nominated for Best Actor. The film was Blood Diamond. He lost to Forest Whitaker for The last King of Scotland. He also lost the Golden Globe in the same category.
In 2007 he was nominated twice in the Best Actor category for his roles in Blood Diamond and The Departed. He still lost to Forest Whitaker.
In 2009 he lost to Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler). DiCaprio was up for his role in Revolutionary Road. I didn’t see Rourke’s film, but I did see Revolutionary Road. It was an incredible film and role.
I still wish Leo had won for his disgusting Candie character because I have never seen him play a character so villainous, evil, and rotten to the core. AND HE DIDN’T EVEN GET AN OSCAR NOMINATION!!!!!! Leo, at this point I think you are too good for these award shows. Hold out for The Kennedy Center Honors award. That will definitely put you in a league that only few actors will ever have the honor.