Movies to watch before Leo wins an Oscar…let’s be honest he deserves one.
By Mumbua Nzula Nzyoka
The Oscars award ceremony will take place on Sunday and among the actors nominated is fan favourite Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite starring in numerous successful movies, Leo has never won an Oscar. It seems an unfair predicament to find himself in if you take into account that Leo has never failed to give his all and more than 100% commitment to any role he has played. Hopefully, this will be his year. In the meantime, if you don’t know who Leo is, here are ten movies you should watch before he wins his well-deserved Oscar on Sunday.
- Revenant (2015)
Leonardo has an Oscar nomination for his role in this movie, and it is no wonder because people can’t seem to stop talking about his performance in this grueling tale of survival. There is no question that Leo committed 400% to this movie and the trials the character he plays endured. In case you haven’t watched the movie, you can read the review here.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
If you have not watched this movie yet, there is no need to worry because you have a good reason. The Kenya Film Commission banned this film after its release in 2013. Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir, the movie is a study in the rot that plagues not only our society but the financial world. What do you do with all that money anyway? Leo doesn’t disappoint in this movie, probably among his best performance yet.
- The Great Gatsby (2013)
It is the movie that gave us the Leo champagne salute Gif. It is the movie that left many weeping on behalf of Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and feeling more than a slight dislike for Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Based on the book by Scott Fitzgerald of the same name, it is a ditzy film that at its core tells the story of a man who did everything he could just to be worthy of one woman’s love.
- Django Unchained (2012)
This movie is nothing if not memorable. Although Leo does not make an appearance until later in the film, his performance is still unforgettable. He takes on the role of a villain. He plays infamous plantation owner, Calvin Candie. The character is despicable, and Leo plays him magnificently. It is important to note that during the filming of the Calvin racist rant, Leo slammed his hand on a table and broke a glass. The glass shards cut his hand, but Leo kept going. The blood in that scene is Leo’s blood. That’s commitment!
- Inception (2010)
You cannot talk about Leo movies without mentioning “Inception,” that would be an injustice. It is probably the most complex movie Leo has ever acted. And that was to be expected because it is a Christopher Nolan movie. There are numerous debates about the movie’s ending that you can find online, including Nolan’s explanation. However, it would be better if you watched the movie first.
- The Departed (2006)
This is a Martin Scorsese thrilling tale of violent street crime drama. This is a must-watch if we are talking about DiCaprio classics. At its core, this is a movie about men divided by power, loyalty and their need to survive.
- Blood Diamond (2006)
In this movie, Leonardo is a South African mercenary called Danny Archer. He stars alongside Djimon Hounsou, who plays Solomon Vandy. They find themselves in war-torn Sierra Leone looking for a rare gem in a quest to change their lives. It’s a harrowing tale that sheds light on where diamonds come from.
- Aviator (2004)
You have got to admit that Leo does have a penchant for playing intelligent, complicated, tormented rich men. Oppressed by various phobias, Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), the once fawned upon billionaire descends into madness.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002)
In this film, Leo stars alongside Tom Hanks as a master of deception. Leo plays the role of Frank Abagnale, Jr, who has worked as a doctor, lawyer, and a co-pilot all before his 18th birthday. The story unfolds at a slow pace which lets you appreciate everything that is happening.
- Titanic (1997)
I don’t need to tell you about this James Cameron Classic that made international superstars out of Leonardo and Kate Winslet. The same can be said for what it did for Celine Dion who lent her amazing voice to the song “My Heart will Go on” written by Will Jennings. Before you watch this movie, I suggest getting tissues.