Leo’s First Win

Written by Kamille Jude

Leonardo DiCaprio. This name has been circulating the internet because of his recent win for best actor at the 88th Academy Awards for his role as Hugh Glass in the movie The Revenant. Over the past 23 years, Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated a total of six times for five different movies. His work and his movies hold a special place in the public’s hearts because of his admirable talent and commitment.

In 1993, at the age of 19, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his very first Oscar award for best supporting actor in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” In this movie, he played an autistic child by the name of Arnie. According to IMDB’s trivia page on the movie, DiCaprio said, “I had to really research to get into the mind of somebody like that. I spent a few days at a home for mentally retarded teens. We just talked and I watched their mannerisms. People have these expectations that mentally retarded children are really crazy, but that isn’t so. It’s refreshing to see them because everything’s so new to them.”

The other movies DiCaprio was also nominated for include The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and The Wolf of Wall Street, in which he was nominated twice for both best actor and best picture (as a producer). In an interview with Yahoo movies for his most recent movie, The Revenant, he was asked whether he ever thought to himself, “What have I gotten myself into?” He replied with, “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.” DiCaprio definitely stepped up the game with this movie, but all that hard work wasn’t for nothing, as recognition for his accomplishments have finally come in the form of his newly won Oscar.

DiCaprio’s determination has inspired so many people to persevere and keep on striving towards their goals. Even though he didn’t win that award the first, or second, or even the third time, that never distracted him from his hard work and passion for his craft. He has shown us that giving up is never the answer and that if you want something and work hard enough for it, you can achieve anything.