Everyone’s favourite, heart-throb went and won an Oscar last night. After becoming a longstanding joke in the industry for being the man that always almost did, Leo won last night for his performance in The Revenant. A frequent Baz Luhrmann collaborator, Leonardo has been capturing hearts and minds in romantic roles since Romeo and Juliet, nailing it almost every time. Then there’s his work with Martin Scorsese, all of which has been critically lauded. The Revenant, a period Frontier epic that well deserves all its accolades. But, let’s be honest, we think Leo should get an award just for turning up after all these years. To celebrate Leo’s special day, Wonderland takes a trip down memory lane and relives our most fondly remembered Leonardo DiCaprio movies, all of which he didn’t receive an Oscar for.
7 Wonders: Leo's Done It!
The day has arrived. Leonardo Dicaprio has gone and won an Academy Award. Celebrate with us and some GIFs.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
One of Leo’s lesser seen breakout roles, he stars as a boy with developmental disabilities alongside another be-fringed 90s hero, Johnny Depp. It’s a sensitive and intelligent performance from a super-young DiCaprio and a must-watch for any committed Leo-head.
Romeo + Juliet
The Shakespeare adaptation to make purists shudder and everyone else cheer at the sheer pleasure of this movie: there’s Leo’s floppy hair, Claire Danes in non-paranoid-security-officer mode, and a selection of rave-ready print shirts that make sure this film is forever a 90s favourite.
Tilda Swindon and Leo in the same film? That’s a recipe for Wonderland success in this dark movie version of Alex Garland’s classic MTV-generation novel. You can also blame it for every Thailand-visiting-Gap-yah you ever met at uni.
Catch Me If You Can
This super-fun crime biopic by Steven Spielberg has Leo play charismatic con artist Frank Abangale. There’s a lot of very Mad Men style 1960s period antics and it had a younger me wondering how I could forge signatures and fake cheques (fortunately, I couldn’t do either).
One of Scorsese’s best recent works, The Departed is a double-cross crime thriller in which Leo infiltrates the Boston Irish mob to try and bring down Jack Nicholson at the height of his creepy powers. Full of undercover criminals and cops, the plot is complex but enthralling and there’s a bizarre but hilarious scene in a porno cinema in which Jack reminds us why he’s king of the movies.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Another modern Scorsese classic, Leo really holds this one together with his powerhouse performance as Jordan Belford, the rogue trader supremo with a moral compass so bent out of shape he could put anybody off a career in finance – at least, he definitely should: don’t let the yachts and crispy Ralph Lauren tempt you.
The Great Gatsby
Baz and Leo get back together for a wildly baroque adaption of the A-Level text to rule them all: overblown, excessive and glitteringly stylish, it’s a bumper Hollywood journey through the follies of Jazz Age America. Oh, and it spawned the Leo-raising-a-glass gif (probably the best thing the internet has ever done).