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7 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Should Have Won an Oscar

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It’s crazy to think that Leonardo DiCaprio has been acting professionally since the age of five (he got kicked off the set of Romper Room!) but has yet to take home an Academy Award. The dude’s been in some of the most financially successful and critically lauded movies of all time. What’s it gonna take? Join us on a trip through history as we spotlight seven flicks that Leo should have taken home an Oscar for.

7. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

DiCaprio’s breakthrough role came as the developmentally disabled teen Arnie in Lasse Hallstrom’s small-town drama. It’s really tough to play a role like this, but the critics unanimously raved over Leo’s methodical inhabiting of the character. He got his first Oscar nomination, but lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Much respect to Tommy Lee, but that’s highway robbery.


6. The Aviator

Playing a famous historical figure is usually a pretty good in for Oscar recognition, and DiCaprio stunned critics with his transformation into film producer and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. The Aviator was nominated for a staggering 11 Oscars, taking home five of them. Jamie Foxx won the Best Actor statue for Ray, which in hindsight seems pretty crazy, especially considering the trajectory of both mens’ careers since then.


5. Inception

Keeping Christopher Nolan’s brain-twisting tale of mental invasion and memory relatable for the mass audience is a tough task, but DiCaprio’s performance as Dom Cobb made it all possible. Inception was the most ambitious movie of 2010, truly pushing the envelope for what the cinematic medium could portray. Sadly for Leo, Jeff Bridges took the Oscar for playing an alcoholic country singer in Crazy Heart. What can we say? The Academy loves drunks.


4. The Wolf Of Wall Street

DiCaprio was actually nominated for his role as producer on Jordan Belfort’s coke-addled memoir turned wild Scorsese movie, but I think that he should have taken home the statue for his work in the lead. As Leo slides into his “dad bod” phase, he owns the stereotype of a dissolute party boy steadily destroying both his body and his reputation. His turn as Belfort was terrifyingly believable. Unfortunately he lost the Best Actor trophy to co-star Matthew McConaughey.


3. Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz took the Best Supporting Actor statue for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti Western homage. Shockingly, DiCaprio wasn’t even nominated for his chilling turn as vile plantation owner Calvin Candie. It’s a shame, because it was a meaty supporting role that allowed Leo to deliver one of his best performances in years. Hopefully he’ll channel his inner bad guy again in the future.


2. Revolutionary Road

Sam Mendes’ moving depiction of a married couple falling apart in 1960s suburbia reunited Leo and his Titanic costar Kate Winslet and earned them both critical acclaim and a Golden Globe win for Winslet. While costar Michael Shannon scored an Oscar nom, Leo came up empty when it came to awards season gold.


1. The Departed 

This acclaimed Boston-set crime flick took home four Oscars, including Best Picture and a much-deserved win for director Martin Scorsese. Of the stellar cast, only Mark Wahlberg was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Leo was unjustly shut out for his performance as undercover police officer Billy Costigan.

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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