Author : Murchana Das
When the 88th Annual Academy Awards was in motion, people were biting their nails off and sweating like pigs because they were nervous. Yes, nervous. Nervous for someone. Nervous because after 6 nominations, they wanted him to get the golden lady. Yes, each and every person around the globe had only one question in their minds: Will Leo win this time?
Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the most profound and prolific actors of Hollywood, has been nominated six times in The Oscars, but luck never favoured him. This time though, it was different. Most of us had an inkling, however tiny it was. When Julianne Moore announced the best actor as Leonardo DiCaprio, his fans transformed into Kate Winslet and started crying rivulets. The audience gave an all out applause for him and a respectful standing-ovation. After years of waiting, he finally won! It was a happy moment for everyone.
We are celebrating Leonardo Dicaprio’s win, for he is a person who is one of the greatest and best individual, both onscreen and offscreen. We take some of his best movies and look at what he is capable of.
1) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
DiCaprio was nominated for the best supporting actor, aged 19, for this movie. He played the role of Johnny Depp’s mentally disabled younger brother in this affecting family drama.
2) The Basketball Diaries (1995)
This is one of Dicaprio’s most daring roles. Here, he acted the role of a high-school junkie following a road to redemption. We can see his transition from a child to an adult actor in this movie. His fierce determination is hugely reflected.
3) William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet (1996)
The bard’s text has been broken for this movie and the lovers have been brought into a new generation. Leo has been casted as one of the star-cross’d lovers.
4) Titanic (1997)
One of the biggest blockbusters across the globe, this movie broke all the records. This movie made Leonardo DiCaprio a household name. Every girl wants a Jack Dawson (I do). You still wipe your tears when you watch this movie, admit it!
5) Gangs of New York (2002)
An over-scaled epic, co-starring Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis, is about the clan wars in mid-19th century Manhattan. Watch this for some American Western Drama.
6) Catch me if you can (2002)
In this movie, Leo has been casted as the real life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. This movie was his first smash hit after Titanic.
7) The Aviator (2004)
In this prestigious biopic, Leo has been casted as the famous legendarily reclusive tycoon and filmmaker Howard Hughes. This film was nominated for 11 Oscars, including the Best actor.
8) The Departed (2006)
In this cop-thriller, Leo is casted as an undercover cop Billy Costigan, pitted head-to-head with Matt Damon, as a mole in the police department.
9) Blood Diamond (2006)
DiCaprio earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a Rhodesian gunrunner wrestling with his conscience about the illicit diamond trade in Sierra Leone.
10) Inception (2010)
A dream, inside a dream, inside another dream.. DiCaprio’s character, Cobb, is the head of the corporate espionage team hired to steal and plant ideas by invading other people’s dreams. (A Christopher Nolan creation. Must watch!)
11) Shutter Island (2010)
This is a gothic psychological thriller, where Leo plays the role of a US Marshall in 1954, investigating the disappearance of a mental patient from an off-shore asylum.
12) Django Unchained (2012)
This movie is a classic. A wild slavery revenge western, DiCaprio plays the vicious, coconut-drink slurping plantation owner/psycho, Calvin Candie. His performance in this movie is phenomenal. On top of that, a Quentin Tarantino movie. Need we say more?
13) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
This is one of the best movies of DiCaprio. He has been casted as a stockbroker-turned-memoirist Jordan Belfort, an unrestrained fraudster in the years before the financial collapse. This movie bagged him a nomination under the best actor category. But we know how it turned out.
14) The Great Gatsby (2013)
This is a glitzy spin on F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name. In this movie, Leo plays the role of an archetypal Jazz Age socialite, Jay Gatsby.
15) The Revenant (2015)
A vegetarian in practice, Leo had to chomp raw bison liver for this movie. Many other extremities like sleeping inside horse carcasses and enduring freezing 11-month shoot had to be tackled and his hard work paid. An Oscar, at last!
Watch these movies to see how diverse and a great actor Leo is.
Just like an abject lover is united with his lady-love in every other bollywood movie, Leo has finally been united with the golden lady. Someone has rightly said,
“Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho, to puri qaynat tumhe usse milane ki koshish me lag jaati hein….”