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Dicaprio Wins First Academy Award

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Hollywood, California— Leonardo Dicaprio successfully outshined his fellow competitors in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category to win his first Academy Award on February 26, 2016.

Leonardo Wilhelm Dicaprio began his aspiring acting career in 1985 as the supporting cast member on the T.V. show Growing Pains at the age of 11. Dicaprio was an unassuming young man who worked hard to achieve public notice at such a young age.

Dicaprio’s first film appearance was in Critters 3 in 1991, which led to him starring in This Boy’s Life with Robert De Niro in 1993 as well as starring in a supporting role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape the same year. These performances paved the way for acquiring international recognition for his passion as an actor through his leading role in Titanic (1997).

Throughout the early 2000s, Dicaprio has gained national acknowledgement for his work in a variety of different film categories. During these two decades, he starred in movies such as Catch Me If You Can (2002), Blood Diamond (2006), Inception (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and The Revenant (2015). Through each of these movies, Dicaprio looked to display his array of talents.

According to oscar.go.com, Dicaprio was nominated for an Academy Award in the following films: “The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Blood Diamond (2006), The Aviator (2004), and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).”

Not only did Dicaprio use his acceptance speech time to thank his coworkers, he also took the time to enlighten the crowd on current events like, “the natural world, pollution, climate change, underprivileged children, and people’s voices who were drowned out by the politics of greed,” bustle.com affirmed. Since Dicaprio is an environmental enthusiast, he saw the sheer importance of relaying critical world problems to an audience who might not be aware of such issues.

Dicaprio worked tirelessly to make each role he portrayed the best it could possibly be and waited long enough to win his first Academy Award.

As reported by Film Society Club Leader Mr. Barron, Dicaprio is a little like “Peyton Manning, actually, since both of them couldn’t win the top honors in their respective fields. I’m glad that both Leo and Peyton have silenced their haters.”

For senior Cody Carlson, he believed “Dicaprio was overdue to win an Oscar. His performance outdid the other nominees.” Carlson also considers Dicaprio’s acting evolution to be extraordinary and claimed, “he has progressed in the sense that he commits to any role no matter the difficulty.”

Comparably speaking, senior Colin Amy felt as though this was not his best work, but it was “his year to win.”

Senior Nate Puciato wholeheartedly agreed with both Cody and Colin regarding Dicaprio and suggested, “he has always been an elite actor.” Puciato also indicated that Dicaprio “should have won an Oscar for one of his earlier performances.”

With much time and effort, Dicaprio has evolved into a premier American actor. He is a passionate and diligent performer who goes about each role as if it was his last. It was just a matter of being nominated enough times before Dicaprio finally took home his first Academy Award for his decisive persona featured in The Revenant.

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