12 superb performances which Leonardo DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for
Leonardo DiCaprio is a talented and charismatic actor who has delivered numerous unique and striking performances over the years. Having started his career at the age of 14, Leo is now one of the biggest A-list stars out there, capable of turning any film he stars in into something special.
We decided it was time to put a list of Leo’s best movies together. We’re convinced — he should have taken home an Oscar for every one of these! Do you agree?
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
DiCaprio’s breakthrough role. He plays Arnie, a teen with mental health issues, who’s developmental age remains permanently stuck at the age of a four-year-old. Leo’s performance was convincing; one gets the feeling that the character on screen is genuinely mentally ill. DiCaprio’s acting talent revealed itself for the first time here, and in turn brought him his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
In The Beach, DiCaprio plays an American guy named Richard, who dreams of leading a totally free life. In search of adventure, he finds himself in romantic spot in Thailand — a real paradise on earth. But no secret island will save him from violence, cruelty, envy and indifference. In this film Leo is truly at his best — he loves and fights with equal amounts of desperation.
Gangs of New York
In this movie, DiCaprio plays the young Amsterdam Vallon, seeking revenge against the man who killed his father. Leo masterfully conveys the pain one feels from the loss of a loved one, the traumatic experiences of growing up in an orphanage, and the hatred that righteous people feel for the high and mighty.
Catch Me If You Can
This crime comedy brought DiCaprio a Golden Globe nomination, but his performance was once again overlooked by the members of the Academy. Leo plays Frank Abagnale, who makes a living out of fraud.
This biopic, directed by the great Martin Scorsese, depicts the early years of one of the most eccentric characters in America — the legendary millionaire, inventor and director Howard Hughes. DiCaprio brilliantly plays a genius with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, who built planes, directed movies and dated the most beautiful divas with ease, all at the same time.
The main characters — two high-achieving graduates of a police academy — find themselves on opposing sides in a conflict: one of them is a mafia agent in the ranks of law enforcement (Damon), the other is a "mole" inside the mafia (DiCaprio). They both work on detecting and destroying their opponent, but constantly living within a distorted version of reality changes their way of thinking.
Leo plays a smuggler named Danny Archer, who spends his life in a desperate search for diamonds. He arrives in war-ravaged Sierra Leone looking for business, but finds himself caught up in an unpredictable turn of events.
Teaming up with Martin Scorsese yet again, DiCaprio plays U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who investigates the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island psychiatric hospital. Leo’s performance is such that you can truly feel his fear and pain. No praise can do it justice.
Leonardo’s talent in depicting thieves, outlaws and other mischief-makers together with his natural charm helped him here to play the role of an international criminal who infiltrates the subconscious of people in order to steal important information. "Inception" became one of the most mind-bending and impressive movies of the past decade and won four Academy Awards. Unfortunately, Best Actor wasn’t one of them.
In Tarantino’s Django Unchained, DiCaprio takes on the role of Candie, a villain in a velvet suit, who obscures his crimes and brutalities with his status as a gentleman. A "gentleman" that, he believes, not only shakes someone’s hand after a successful deal has been struck, but also lets a live man be torn to pieces by a pack of dogs.
The Great Gatsby
In this screen version of Scott Fitzgerald’s outstanding novel, Leo plays Jay Gatsby — a millionaire who throws big parties, always smiles...but remains a mystery to everyone. It seems that this character was made for DiCaprio: he perfectly conveys Jay Gatsby’s drive and his perseverance in obtaining his goal — which, he believes, will finally make him happy.
The Wolf of Wall Street
In this biographical black comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a charismatic and unprincipled financier, Jordan Belfort, who becomes wildly successful and slides into an equally wild and hedonistic lifestyle. Leo won Golden Globe Award for this role, but the Oscar, once again, slipped through his fingers.