Leonardo DiCaprio’s impact on the film industry


Cass Salot , Editor in Chief

When you think of the world’s greatest actors who do you think of? For a lot of people, many common names come to mind, and with great reasoning. But there is one actor, who always gives an amazing performance. It can be said with confidence that this man has been flaunting his talents on the big screen ever since he was 19, in the hit movie “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” or from the third highest grossing film of all time “Titanic” when he was only 23 years old. 

If you haven’t guessed yet, the man in question is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. But why talk about DiCaprio when there are so many other amazing actors out there? Many people like to say that DiCaprio is just simply pure excellence, who can’t be compared to any other actor. But why does he stand out from all the others? DiCaprio is one of the only actors that sits lonely (and proud) without ever having made a family comedy film, comic book superhero movie or pre-branded franchise. So what does this mean? DiCaprio is, in fact, his own franchise.

When news releases information that a new movie starring DiCaprio is in the works, you are left with nothing but excitement. That is because, with DiCaprio’s legacy of amazing films, you know that you are going to get an amazing final product. DiCaprio is known for being one of the rare A-List actors to not have an agent, but a manager who he’s had by his side for 27 years, since gaining the success from “Titanic.” 

Since then, he has managed to work with Hollywood’s most well known directors. Starting off with five collaborations with Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese, the five movies being “The Aviator,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Shutter Island,” “The Departed” and “Gangs of New York.” You may also know his work on both “The Great Gatsby” and “Romeo and Juliet” as both directed by Baz Luhrmann. As well as his work with two-time Academy Award Winner Quentin Tarantino, for he was in “Django Unchained” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Some other movies he is well known for are “Inception” which was directed by Christopher Nolan, “Revolutionary Road” directed by Sam Mendes, and “Catch me if You Can” directed by Steven Spielberg. 

Throughout DiCaprio’s career he has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, and has only won one. He won for his gruesome role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.” But many believe that over those seven nominations and many MANY snubs, he deserves way more. 

Whether you have seen none, some or all of his movies we all know the amazing mark that DiCaprio has made on the film industry. Making him known as one of the best actors of all time.