Leonardo DiCaprio has racked up a number of critically acclaimed performances during his career as an actor, but once again failed to take home an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Leonardo DiCaprio Snubbed

DiCaprio was nominated this year for playing the real life drug addled, white-collar conman Jordan Belfort in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street – the fifth movie DiCaprio has starred in helmed by the director. In the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category, DiCaprio was up against Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chiwetal Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and eventual winner Matthew McConaughey, who played a Texas man battling AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.

Over the course of his illustrious career, 39-year-old DiCaprio has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. The first time, in 1994, was for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His second Oscar nod came more than 10 years later for playing Howard Hughes in the Scorcese-directed The Aviator. Blood Diamond got the actor his third nomination in 2007.

DiCaprio was clearly up against some steep competition at this year’s Oscars, yet many thought that the depth of his body of work could give him the boost needed to beat out frontrunner McConaughey. Working against DiCaprio was the ample controversy that started to follow Wolf of Wall Street after its wide release. It was lambasted by some for glamorizing a corrupt and dangerous culture – though DiCaprio, Scorcese and Jonah Hill all argued against such claims.

After last year’s Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role winner, Jennifer Lawrence, called out McConaughey’s name on Sunday, DiCaprio graciously got to his feet to applaud the actor. Before McConaughey took to the stage to accept the award, he received a quick hug and kiss on the cheek from the four-time Oscar nominee.

– Chelsea Regan

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