Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Snubbed By Oscar

Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Snubbed By Oscar

Updated Dec 04, 2014 at 05:42PM EST by Brad.

Added Jan 06, 2014 at 02:49PM EST by Molly Horan.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Snubbed By Oscar refers to a series of jokes surrounding the American actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his noticeable lack of recognition by the Academy Award, the world’s most prestigious accolade for excellence of cinematic achievements, despite having been nominated three times throughout his acting career.


The earliest known media mention of DiCaprio’s lack of Oscars came from an article published on E! Online on February 21st, 2011 titled “Do Oscar Voters Really Hate Leonardo DiCaprio?”[3] The article examines possible explanations to why DiCaprio hasn’t won a statue. On November 8th, 2011, Funny of Die[1] uploaded a video titled “L. DiCaprio,” a parody trailer of DiCaprio’s film J. Edgar. The trailer depicts DiCaprio in a state of rage endlessly pursuing an Oscar The Academy refuses to award him.


In January 2012, the meme resurfaced on Tumblr after a clip from the 2012 Golden Globes showed DiCaprio looking forlorn[2], leading many to add captions imagining he was thinking about his lack of Oscar. GIFs of his movies are also often captioned so his character’s anger or sadness is due to his lack of Oscars.

On March 2nd, 2014, DiCaprio did not win the award for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. On the following day, BuzzFeed[4] highlighted several photos of DiCaprio’s reaction to the announcement that Matthew Mcconaughey had won the award for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club (shown below).

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Bad Luck Leo

Bad Luck Leo is an advice animal image macro series based on the popular Bad Luck Brian that explains the unfortunate situations the characters DiCaprio has played have found themselves in. For example, his character in Titanic, Jack Dawson drowns on the boat after winning tickets just before it sails.

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