It has taken me a long time to come around on Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, seriously, when he became a superstar following "Titanic" I don't think I was supposed to be his target audience. He doesn't have nearly the sense of humor that fellow actors Matt Damon or Brad Pitt seem to possess. And he does seem to spark enough jealousy from us normal males. Let's face it. He's just too good looking for me to sympathize with him.
But I've come around. Did you catch him in "Blood Diamond?" That was impressive. The fact that Martin Scorsese seems to want to make every movie with him is also a plus. But I finally became a full fledged fan with his most recent turn in "Django Unchained."
The Academy doesn't seem to agree.
Today the nominations for the Oscars came out, and despite a truly villianous role as Calvin Candie, plantation owner and slave abuser, the Academy chose to honor five other actors, including his co-star, Christoph Waltz.
I don't know who you could knock off the list — every person nominated for Best Supporting Actor has won before — but I was a little shocked that Leo wasn't given his due. Maybe they favored Waltz, who was a hero in a very sensitive story, instead DiCaprio, who may be one of the most racist characters on screen.
Either way, Leo has a new fan. I hope that will have to do for now.