The internet loves to joke about Leonardo DiCaprio’s distinct lack of Oscars, but it’s only because we think he really deserves them!
Poor Leo’s been nominated for 5 Academy Awards and 8 Screen Actor Guild Awards, with 2 wins out of 10 Golden Globe nominations – completely unfair, right?
Well, fret not – Leo’s finally getting some of the recognition he’s deserved all along!
The SAG Foundation is honouring DiCaprio with the Actors Inspiration Award at the Los Angeles event this November.
The award draws attention to his incredible on-screen career, spanning 26 of his 40 years, as well as his philanthropic and environmental work as chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which aims to combat climate change, conserve the world’s oceans, and protect biodiversity.
On receiving this award, DiCaprio said: “It is an honor to be recognized by the SAG Foundation, a group which does so much to support, sustain, and educate my fellow actors and give back to the entertainment industry, as well as the work it has done to advance children’s literacy.
He continued, “As the SAG Foundation moves into its next 30 years, I’m proud to be a continuing supporter and contributor to its legacy and its future.”
DiCaprio’s career started out in commercials and sitcoms, gaining his first real attention in the industry from his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape opposite Robert De Niro in 1993. Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet, starring a young DiCaprio and Clare Danes as the star-crossed lovers was a stepping stone to James Cameron’s epic Titanic, which catapulted DiCaprio to global fame.
More recently, DiCaprio has showed off his range with political war thriller Blood Diamond, and psychological thrillers Shutter Island and Chris Nolan’s Inception, Tarantino’s modern Western Django Unchained, period classic The Great Gatsby, and, of course, The Wolf of Wall Street.
You can see him in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant in January 2016 (US release) alongside Tom Hardy, where his mostly-silent performance could well be in the forefront of Oscar discussions later this year.
Watch the trailer below!
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