Outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Leonardo DiCaprio was staying after the annual Academy Awards’ luncheon for nominees, he was met by a reporter from the Associated Press and asked a question we’ve all been wondering about for quite some time.
How does Leo feel about being continually snubbed at the Oscars? Instead of being angry or very hurt, the talented actor chooses to meet his snubs with a sense of humor!
The Associated Press describes his reaction to the question: “’Here, I’ll show you the card they gave me today” (at the luncheon), he says, rummaging through his pockets after setting aside the electronic cigarette he says he puffs to ‘relieve the stress of life.’ He retrieves a small white card he calls ‘that little football chalk-up’ listing his film stats. Leaning in, he points to the portion that reads: five nominations, zero wins. With a heavy chuckle he looks up and says, ‘Zip!’”
For an actor with such a prestigious record, starring in films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Titanic, The Departed, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio has not once won an Academy Award.
Instead of letting his track record get him down, Leo prefers to joke about it and keep on working. “It’s quite interesting. People think I feel I’m overdue for something…” he says. “Anyone wants to be accepted by their peers, but the truth is every year is unique and everyone is just going to vote for who they think is worthy.”
This year will certainly be a tight race for Leo, who has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in the excess-filled film The Wolf of Wall Street. He will be facing off against fellow actors Christian Bale for American Hustle, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Bruce Dern for Nebraska, and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.
In previous years, Leo was nominated for lead actor Oscars for The Aviator and Blood Diamond, and Best Supporting Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. This year, alongside his Best Actor nomination, the film Wolf of Wall Street is also up for Best Motion Picture of the Year, an award he would share as the film’s producer.
Unlike his previous films, Leo is even more attached to Wolf of Wall Street since he was integral in it’s production. “The fact that I brought it to Scorsese and put the financing together…all of these elements add a whole other level of responsibility.”
No one knows how this year’s Oscars will pan out, but even if Leo is snubbed again, he is determined to keep a light attitude and continue producing phenomenal work.
“I’ve had the same mentality ever since I got my first movie,” he says. “I got my foot in this door and I am going to continue to jam it in there and grind.”
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