Leonardo DiCaprio made his acting debut back in 1989. Since then, the 42-year-old thespian has become arguably the biggest movie star in the world with his run of critically praised and commercially successful blockbusters. But what awards and nominations has DiCaprio racked up in that time?
Let’s take a look.
In 1994 at the tender age of 20, DiCaprio was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting role for his role as the mentally challenged Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Despite his age, DiCaprio was praised by critics for his performance. Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote at the time “the film’s real show-stopping turn comes from Mr. DiCaprio, who makes Arnie’s many tics so startling and vivid that at first he is difficult to watch…The performance has a sharp, desperate intensity from beginning to end.”
In 2005, DiCaprio starred in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, Though the film received mixed-to-positive reviews – it holds a 77% on Metacritic – DiCaprio’s leading performance as the OCD-riddled renaissance man was warmly embraced by the movie-going public. The movie asks a lot of DiCaprio in detailing the eccentric billionaire’s reduction into a reclusive mad man.
Two years after The Aviator, DiCaprio adopted a near flawless South African accent – one of the more difficult speech patterns for Americans to master – for his impressive turn in Blood Diamond. The morally complex Danny Archer always played both sides in the film with DiCaprio’s measured performance leaving audiences wondering whether this character was indeed a good or bad man. The film gave DiCaprio his third Oscar nomination.
In 2014, DiCaprio re-teamed with Scorsese for the fifth time in The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the real life wild adventures of former Wall Street power broker Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio’s performance was described by some as an excellent example of “gonzo acting,” with Rotten Tomatoes‘ consensus saying, “Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.”
In 2016, DiCaprio won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination for his physically demanding and self-punishing work in The Revenant. I could wax poetic about his character, or I could just show you this scene instead: