10 landmark performances by Leonardo DiCaprio

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6 – THE AVIATOR by Martin Scorsese (2004) / Rogert Ebert argued in his review of The Aviator that teen-idol DiCaprio was nobody’s idea of multi-millionaire tycoon Howard Hughes. He had a point, but it is also true that Scorsese’s vision of Hughes could have been played by no one else. Here, Hughes has two sides: the charismatic, ambitious and confident young wealthy man; the paranoid male prone to sharp emotional shifts. DiCaprio is incredibly convincing in this role, and should probably have been celebrated with his first Academy Award. The fact that he didn’t win it probably highlighted for the first time what was to be a long-standing joke which finally came to an end when he near damn killed himself in The Revenant (2016) for his first coveted statuette.

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