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Day 271: The lion who walked away with the knight


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As promised, today's post is about the lion who walked away with the knight. Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio did win this year's Oscar for the Best Actor. The Revenant finally got him this very well deserved title. In the past every time he was nominated, he has lost it. Internet probably crashed by not able to handle the overwhelming response for his win. Previously the memes were targeting his 'not winning the awards'  and now they are about his win. People just love this guy. 

Leo began acting from a very young age. He started with advertisements and then acted in a couple of TV soap operas (his debut was The New Lassie). His first film was Critters 3, a sci-fi horror comedy in 1991. Then his real break came in with the legendery Di Niro in 'This Boy's Life' in 1993. That very same year his other movie released which was 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. This is one of my favorite movies. It has Johnny Depp in it and DiCaprio was playing the role of his brother. This was followed by a couple of other movies by which he had established himself in the industry as a bankable actor. 

The big romantic break came with Romeo+Juliet followed by the epic Titanic with Kate Winslet. Every time we discuss if Jack could have fit the door plank with Rose instead of dying in that cold it takes us back to that very handsome hero who probably was able to steal every single person (girl and woman alike) with his puerile charm. Post 2000's he acted in a series of different roles and one of my favorite one was the character of Frank Abagnale- Catch me if you can. His collaboration with the great Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York in early 2000's was one of the best turning point in his career. Then, the two of his career best were in The Departed and Blood Diamond (yet another favorite). There was an academy award nomination for his role in this movie. In fact, there were only three movies that were nominated for the academy award for best actor's role. It was Aviator, Blood Diamond, and The Revenant. The others were for best supporting role as the brother in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' and the producer role for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. His other famous roles include the Scorsese's Shutter island, Nolan's Inception, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby and so on. 

This Oscar was probably a collective recognition that is long over due for an actor of this caliber. He also ended his Oscar speech with a composed and dignified thought on Climate Change. That shows his personal and ethical side as he is well known as an environmentalist and has contributed to such causes. 

Glad to see hard work win at the end and this is my brief info on Leonardo. 

Trivia: Titanic won over 11 Oscars but none for acting! The Departed won Scorcese the only Oscar and it was also a remake of the HongKong movie, Internal affairs. 
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