With “The Great Gatsby” premiere looming (in theaters May 10, 2013), will this be the role that finally wins Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar? I sure hope so.
DiCaprio started his career in the 1990s, with roles on the “Growing Pains,” “Roseanne,” and “Parenthood,” to name a few. Both critics and viewers agreed that he was a talented young actor.
In 1993, he starred in his first major film role opposite Robert De Niro in “This Boy’s Life,” about the difficult relationship between a boy and his abusive stepfather. Again, critics took notice. Also in 1993, he starred opposite the young Johnny Depp in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” playing a mentally disabled boy, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Even then, DiCaprio was a standout.
Of course, we all know it was that little movie “Titanic” that catapulted him into super-stardom … “I’m king of the world!” Ok, ok … even if you didn’t like the movie, you have to admit he was very charming and had great chemistry with Kate Winslet.
Since then, he’s had many outstanding performances in movies, including, “Catch Me If You Can,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond,” “Departed,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island,” “J. Edgar,” and most recently, “Django Unchained.”
Both “The Aviator” and “Blood Diamond” earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (which he deserved), but he lost to Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker, respectively.
In director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” he plays the eccentric and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, who lives a very lavish lifestyle. The movie trailers have been very intriguing, and it is my hope that DiCaprio will finally win the Oscar that has eluded him in the past. In my opinion, he is one of our finest actors.
What do you think of Leonardo DiCaprio? Do you want him to win an Oscar? Are you excited to see “The Great Gatsby?” Tell us in the comments below.