18 Reasons Leonardo DiCaprio Is Due for An Oscar

'The Revenant' Trailer
Watch Leo get buried alive :(

For the love of Jack Dawson, just give him one.

In honor of Leonardo DiCaprio’s day of birth — he’s 41 today — I am submitting a list of some of the best reasons he deserves to hold Oscar for the first time ever when the biggest night in Hollywood rolls around in three months.

Leo’s best ticket this year is The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Western thriller about an American fur trapper and frontiersman who gets left behind by his crew after a bear attack. Leo, who plays the real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, is anything but his clean-shaven, boyish self in the film. He’s hairy, he’s dirty. You’re to believe that his character hasn’t seen a bathtub or river in years. In one scene, he even gets buried alive.

For the Leo fans expecting to see our one true love woo his way out of trouble with his dashing good looks, this is not the movie for you. For the Leo fans expecting to see Leo deliver another exceptional performance on the big screen, these next six weeks need to move along a little faster.

How much does Leo deserve to win the statue and be more like BFF Kate Winslet so he too, can display Oscar in his bathroom? Let us count the ways:

Leo has more than 30 awards to his name, including two Golden Globes.

He’s been nominated for five Oscars (including one for Best Picture as one of the producers on The Wolf of Wall Street) but has blanked out each and every time, as we all know. Here’s his first loss.

For the years he’s been nominated, Leo’s faced tough competition, from Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive (1994), above, to most recently, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (2014).

When the world expected Leo to get an Oscar nomination, he didn’t. See Revolutionary Road, J. Edgar and even Django Unchained for fine examples.

If Leo really is becoming Jack Nicholson, our guy is overdue. Jack was 38 when he won his first Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Early predictions for the 2016 Oscars place Leo in second place, just behind Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, to take home the Best Actor Oscar. Fassy’s chances could dwindle as the film has not been a box office hit. 

Leo looks good holding pretty, shiny things.

Like this Actors Inspiration Award he received at the SAG Foundation Gala last week.

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He’s the most handsome environmental activist to ever walk on Mother Earth.

Celebrities attend the People's Climate March
CREDIT: Splash News Online

He’s suffered enough of the phase I’d like to forget about: The Beard Saga. (See above).

Speaking of which, he donned a frozen beard for The Revenant

… and looked beyond unrecognizable. Somewhere in there, is the face of the hot man who once recited Shakespeare.

He ate raw bison liver for The Revenant.

He slept in animal carcasses for The Revenant.

This.

He only has the nicest things to say about his snubs (so far).

In a 2014 interview with Variety, Leo said, “Anyone wants to be accepted by their peers, but the truth is every year is unique and everyone is just going to vote for who they think is worthy.”

Seriously. His attitude deserves an award or two.

From the same interview, “You make these movies, you work as hard as you possible can, you put your life on hold and you hope for the best.”

Polls for the 88th Academy Award nominations will be open from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016. Nominees will be announced on Jan. 14 at 5:30 a.m. PST. Let’s hope members of the Academy read this list before casting votes. And let’s hope we never see this sad Leo face again.

Happy Birthday, Leo. See you and your belated birthday present (maybe) in February.