In 2016, the most unfortunate A-lister of Hollywood is close to winning the ever-elusive award as never before. Leo gave a particularly tour-de-force portrayal of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, and his fifth try to go home with a golden guy instead of a blonde supermodel seems as realistic, as the cameras work in ‘The Revenant’. However, it is not for nothing that his notorious bad luck with the Academy turned into a standing joke.
Actually, it’s unfathomable that Leo – the one who started to act at the age of five, the one who was nominated for an Academy Award for the first time at the age of nineteen, and the one who is considered probably the most talented actor of his entire generation and who starred in some of the most successful, as well as critically lauded films of the past two decades – has not taken home the desirable golden statuette yet. After he achieved the initial critical acclaim and got the first chance to win an Oscar for portraying Arnie Grape, a boy with a developmental disability, he had three more opportunities for triumph. Each of them were futile. Critics raved over his portrayals of legendary film producer and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in ‘Aviator’, Rhodesian diamond smuggler Danny Archer in ‘Blood Diamond’, and mischievous stock-broker Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, but the Academy voters were more favorable to someone else. Moreover, the Academy was too short-sighted to notice his one-of-a-kind performances as undercover police officer Billy Costigan in ‘The Departed’, dream-traveler Dom Cobb in ‘Inception’, and repugnant plantation owner Calvin Candie in ‘Django Unchained’.