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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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Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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