Monday, April 13, 2009

Why Does Leonardo DiCaprio Keep Getting the Shaft?


I'm preaching the Hollywood gospel here. Today's topic is Hollywood leading men.
Tom Cruise is a bizarre, control-freak twerp. Nicolas Cage is an embarrassment. Ben Affleck has poisoned his career by becoming a disgusting tabloid figure. Matt Damon has played his cards right and been in some great movies, but has been rewarded by the Oscar committee. What I don't get is, why hasn't Leonardo DiCaprio gotten an Oscar yet?

Leonardo DiCaprio, with the possible exception of his role in the saccharine monument to James Cameron's vanity that is "Titanic", has been great in everything. He was great in "Gilbert Grape", great in "The Departed", great in "Catch Me If You Can", great in "The Blood Diamond"....he's always great. Where is his Oscar?

DiCaprio's performances have been all the more remarkable for their range; yet for some reason...he's not getting the love from the establishment.

What's up with that?

16 comments:

zalia said...

I have to agree with you. I never liked Leonardo during the Titanic days. I thought he was miscast and not leading man material at the time. But, in the last five years he has proven to be a great actor. Everyone made a big deal about Kate Winslett in Revolutionary Road, but I thought DiCaprio did a better job. It was a hard movie to watch for me personally, but DiCaprio was fantastic in it.

Phil said...

I think Leo is great, though had had to win me over. He's been nominated 3 times - Best Actor for Blood Diamond, and The Aviator, and Best Supporting Actor for Gilbert Grape clear back in 1993. And frankly, that first one was his best chance, but they gave it to Tommy Lee Jones instead for The Fugitive. He was great in The Departed, LOVED that movie - but he didn't get nominated because he would have been competing with himself for his Blood Diamond nomination in the same category. And he lost to Forrest Whitaker. And Whitaker was deserving... and Leo was never going to win for The Aviator. So it's hard to say Leo has gotten robbed, but he was better than Jones in '93, though that was the same year they made Anna Paquin the youngest (or 2nd youngest) winner ever for Best Supporting Actress (for The Piano), so maybe they didn't feel like they could make winners of children twice in the same evening. (shrug)

Peter O'Toole has zero Oscars (in 8 nominations, all Best Actor!). That's the record. Paul Newman was a serial loser again and again, when they finally gave him one for The color Of Money. So he went something like 1 for 8. Al Pachino had to wait for Scent of a Woman in 1993 to beat a long losing streak. And remember how many times Marty Scorsese was a loser before finally winning for The Departed? I mean, can you believe Goodfellas didn't win? Well, it was up against a little diddy called Silence Of The Lambs that particular year, and that's just how it goes.

So, I think Leo can wait his turn. And he'll get his, he's great. :)

ginamarie said...

Leo movies that I own.
Blood Diamond
The Departed
The Aviator
Gangs Of New York
Titanic

Kris K said...

Plain and simple, he does not get the accolades because he is not willing to play the 'Hollywood Game'.

It's refreshing in an artist.

Bobby said...

What was wrong with him in Titanic? I thought he was good and the story was not saccharine,just a nice story.

June said...

Some people hit the goldmine in life and others get left with the shaft!

Phil said...

There wasn't anything wrong with Leo's performance in Titanic, it was just far from Oscar-worthy, despite the film running the table in just about every other category that year. I though L.A. Confidential was a better film, should have won instead. But the buzz was on for Titanic and it made James Cameron king of the world on Oscar night.

Christian Bale, I think, might be head and shoulders above his generation. Philip Seymore Hoffman, who is already an Oscar winner, is also terrific.

Lynne said...

He sucked in Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet. Sorry to pee in anybody's pond, but he should never have tried to do Shakespeare without some training.

And I'm with the haters about Titanic. What a failfest. When Kate Winslet can't seem to find a character, then you know it's a director who can't work with artists. And how can any film get Best Picture when none of the actors nor the screenplay were nominated?

DiCaprio's performance in The Aviator was a revelation. His association with Scorsese is magical. Scorsese is another of our most-overlooked American talents, also probably because he doesn't play the Hollywood game, either.

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Holly Noelle said...

Awww...I liked Romeo + Juliet. Of course, I was more interested in Claire Dane's performance. I thought she was phenomenal.

Jarrod said...

Has everyone here forgotten about The Beach? That movie sucked whale poo. I agree about the other movies, and I actually liked Leo in Titanic. But Leo's worst work to date has to be The Beach (which I believe was his follow-up to Titanic).

Fedelm said...

I agree with you, he should have won an Oscar for The Aviator or Revolutionary Road. I also think that The Beach was the worst movie DiCaprio has made to this day.