Most actors would show their disappointment, but Leonardo DiCaprio showed grace when he lost the Leading Actor award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards show. He simply blew a kiss into the camera and accepted that his competition, Chiwetel Ejifor, deserved it.
DiCaprio is well-known for his sophistication and pleasantries. He is always ready to sign autographs and take photos with fans. Along with his great acting talents, it’s probably why he’s been so successful since his breakout role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He has since been a part of Romeo & Juliet, Titanic, Inception and, his most recent. The Wolf of Wall Street.
It was arguably his portrayal of Jack in Titanic that earned him his position as an A-list actor and he has remained there ever since. For each of his roles he has distinguished the characters from each other, and put his heart and soul into them. He has reached the point of bringing in $20 million for each movie, and does one or two every couple of years, on average.
DiCaprio’s recent award show loss was not his first. Since the start of his acting career, in 1989, he has been nominated for 31 different types of awards for different reasons. However, he has only ever won two awards; they included Golden Globe wins for his roles in The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street. It would be understandable if he looked disappointed. However, every time DiCaprio loses the Leading Actor and other awards, it is always with grace.
This recent loss saw him blow a kiss at the camera and smile, and he then stood to applaud the winner. The iconic actor was up against the likes of Christian Bale, Tom Hanks and, the eventual winner, Ejifor. Ejifor took the award for his portrayal in 12 Years a Slave, which also gained the Best Film award. It was only hours before the award show that DiCaprio was tipped to take home the trophy for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
However, all may not be lost for the Great Gatsby actor. The 39-year-old is up for Leading Actor at the Oscars, on March 2. If he doesn’t win, it is very likely that he will maintain his composure and congratulate the eventual winner.
DiCaprio doesn’t seem to mind the fact that he lost the award. He is just happy to be able to work as an actor and finally film the movie he has always wanted. The actor was intrigued by Belfort’s autobiography, and the story of how he would abuse drugs and his clients, before finding himself behind bars. The 39-year-old even went as far to say that, as an actor, he appreciated Belfort for his candor, which has turned him into a “likeable guy.”
When he took home the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, he was very humble in his acceptance. He thanked Martin Scorsese for making the movie, making a joke about stalking him. Doing that, and losing the Leading Actor award with grace, just shows how honored DiCaprio is for doing something that he loves.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham