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Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar snub: Why he never wins

Update : 04 Mar 2014, 06:34 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio must be one of the unluckiest devastatingly good-looking Oscar-nominated movie stars in the world.

Leonardo DiCaprio did not get an Oscar this year, yet again. Many had hoped that the 39-year-old actor would finally get his first Oscar almost 20 years after he was first nominated. However, Matthew McConaughey was throughout the frontrunner for the best actor Oscar for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club and finally went home with the prized statuette. 

DiCaprio’s been nominated thrice before for roles in Blood Diamond (2006), The Aviator (2004), and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and many thought he was an obvious pick this year for  his portrayal of financial crook Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Despite a stellar body of work DiCaprio hasn’t come away with the sauce yet. He’s never won an Oscar. Ever.

Ever since DiCaprio’s Titanic (1997) sunk all competition at the box office, the guy’s been a consistent box office draw. Not only does he pack the house, the films he’s chosen to be a part of are breathtakingly quirky but not too dark to scare viewers off. Known for starring in Oscar-winning films like Inception and The Departed, what’s holding DiCaprio back from that win? Well, here are a few things.

1. Child star syndrome 

People have seen Leo act for the past 20 years, since Growing Pains. Perhaps the masses are so accustomed to his great acting, they tend to forget that it takes a certain level of mastery to make thesbianism look effortless.

2. The films

Perhaps the films so great that they’re eclipsing his powerful performances. Maybe it’s time for our star to slow down with the powerful, well-written numbers and headline the dud of all dud. His performance will stick out like a sore thumb and the Academy will take note of how “DiCaprio took an ordinary film to the extraordinary.” That type of charity would stand to be rewarded.

3. Good looks

Do his “sculpted from clay” chiseled good looks get in the way from judging him with integrity? Are his movies hard to keep up with because of the overwhelming amount of times people must avert their eyes so as not to be receive the “Jack Dawson” effect?

His career is brilliant so far. He doesn’t need an Oscar to validate that. But we bet he sure wouldn’t mind one.

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