BY RUBEN A. MUJICA
Leonardo DiCaprio’s journey from teenage heartthrob to Academy Award winner has been a long one. On Feb. 28, after three prior losses, Leo and the internet celebrated his win with the highest amount of Twitter activity.
The first hint that audiences were getting more than they bargained for was when Leo turned down George Lucas for the role of Anakin Skywalker, in the Star Wars prequels. The actor who was in the highest grossing blockbuster spurned other roles in other blockbusters.
He concentrated in working with acclaimed directors such as Danny Boyle and his most successful partnership, Martin Scorsese. Over the course of the 2000s, and the decade following, DiCaprio has worked with directors Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, Steven Speilberg, Alejandro Iñárritu, Sam Mendes, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, and Christopher Nolan.
If anything, the only aspect better than his acting has been his role selection. Eight of his films have been nominated for best picture: Titanic (won), Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed (won), Inception, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Revenant.
As Leo grows older, no signs of slowing down are apparent with a movie with both Ben Affleck and Martin Scorsese is in the pipeline. Now with the help of a gold statue, Leo’s legacy now has more weight.