It comes as no surprise that the Internet really, really wants Leonardo DiCaprio to win an Academy Award this year for his first-class portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. I’d imagine he didn’t have to do much campaigning throughout awards season as every other day for the last three months there has been a new gif or BuzzFeed article about how much Leo deserves an Oscar. What does this guy have to do to get some love from the Academy? Is it because he hasn’t done an “ugly” role? Does he need to pull a Charlize Theron circa Monster? Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful, film critics! And am I the only one who thought his work in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was painfully overlooked? C’mooon!
I’ll stop with the Leo praise.
Basically what this gets me thinking is how Academy voters every so often make the wrong call come Oscar night. These Oscar bombs may be few and far between, but they do happen and when they do, they become beautiful tragedies that us loyal moviegoers continue to discuss year after year. Let us take a stroll down memory lane to celebrate the performances who were so tragically overlooked by the cold, mysterious mistress that is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Consider this an ode to the Academy’s worst fuckups.