The Wolf of Wall Street could spell Oscar for Di Caprio

Posted on 16 January 2014
By James McAllister
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Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, is out in cinemas this Friday. But, with the Oscars just around the corner, fans are wondering, will be Di Caprio’s lucky year?

Having been nominated for the elusive award three times in the past, supporters are claiming The Wolf of Wall Street will be the ideal role to finally clinch Leo an Oscar.

His acting style has matured and blossomed over the years. From his horrific accent in Blood Diamond to his haunting portrayal of Monseiur Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, we take a look at some of the actors roles throughout the years.

The Aviator (2004): Howard Hughes

In Scorcese’s biopic, Di Caprio plays Howard Hughes, an international man of many talents. Leo showcased his acting abilities in this role, cutting lose to play the eccentric millionaire role with conviction. His efforts landed him a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscars in 2004, but he walked away empty handed.

Blood Diamond (2006): Danny Archer

Under the direction of Edward Zwick, Leo played smuggler Danny Archer in this tale of diamonds among poverty. Widely regarded as possibly one of the worst accents ever to grace our screens, the role still scored Di Caprio an unsuccessful Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2006.

Inception (2010): Dominic Cobb

Inception is Christopher Nolan’s multi-layered story of thief Dominic Cobb who specialises in stealing valuable secrets from people’s subconscious. Surrounded by an all star cast, Di Caprio managed to deliver a stand out performance in this flick, but the attention surrounding it’s release also brought a lot of criticism.

Shutter Island (2010): Teddy Daniels

Leo was busy in 2010, playing a similar role to Dom Cobb in Inception, Di Caprio partners with Scorsese to release this psychological tale of Marshall Teddy Daniels as his investigates an escaped murderess from a prison for the criminally insane. Like Inception this is a more restrained role for Di Caprio, but he pulls it off well.

Django Unchained: Calvin Candie (2012)

Leo plays Monsieur Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s latest flick. Portraying the chilling villain in a brutal and slave obsessed wild west Leo puts in a memorable performance in this tale. Leo reportedly injured his hand whilst filming a scene for the movie and, in an act of true professionalism, carried on without a wince. Widely regarded as one of Di Caprio’s stand out roles to date, he shows his ability to cut loose and portray eccentric and emotionally unstable characters with ease, which could set himself up perfectly for the flavour of his role in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Scorcese’s tale of Jordan Belfort’s fall demise from wealth and success is out in cinemas this Friday.