Just give the man an Oscar

All eyes were on Leonardo DiCaprio, Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards, not because he finally won an Oscar. As Will Smith declared Matthew McConaughey Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Dallas Buyers Club,” I can only imagine a plethora of stars at the awards ceremony staring at DiCaprio with puppy eyes and a reassuring lip-frown.

Let’s look at the tape, shall we? The guy’s starred in seven films nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, two of which won (Titanic and The Departed). It started with a great performance in 1993 when he was in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The then-young DiCaprio gave a strong performance as Arnie Grape, the mentally handicapped younger brother of Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp).

Then in 1997, he made a boring Jack Dawson into an intriguing character in “Titanic” which is the second-highest grossing film of all time.

In more recent years, he has depicted one of the most interesting con men of all time in “Catch Me if You Can.”

Director Martin Scorsese and Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York” set him up for success.In 2004, he was snubbed for Best Actor in a Leading Role when he starred in “The Aviator” as Howard Hughes, also directed by Scorsese.

When 2006 rolled around, he starred in two more great films, “The Departed” and “Blood Diamond.”

In 2010, he seemed to go into a little bit of a phase. I think he decided he was going to tackle mind-bogglers that year, taking on the role of Dom Cobb in “Inception” and Edward “Teddy” Daniels in “Shutter Island.” In the last couple years, he was “Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie in “Django Unchained,” Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby” and Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

One can argue that starring in films directed by Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino made it so easy on DiCaprio that when he was is in a good movie, the credit should go to them.

The guy has done everything from blow my mind to the point where I don’t quite understand what’s going to pump me up from his fiery speeches in films.

What more does Hollywood want the guy to do? He has made them millions of dollars at the box-office. I guess that’s not really the question, though. The real question is, “what does he have to show the Academy?”

Think about this; if Martin Scorsese thought Matthew McConaughey was a better actor than DiCaprio, wouldn’t he have cast him as Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street”? I guess people forgot McConaughey played Mark Hanna, some insignificant part in DiCaprio’s big movie. Whatever, if I were DiCaprio, I’d just think, “go back to doing B-movie rom-coms.”

As for me, I just can’t wait for the next DiCaprio flick. I wonder what kind of film he’ll be in next, a drama or maybe a love story? Let’s just not wait until the guy retires and give him a Lifetime Achievement Award instead of a true Oscar, okay Academy?