Believe it or not: Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Academy Award despite incredible performances in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Titanic (1997), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), and Django Unchained (2012). In 2013, the 39-year-old actor stars in two films—both of which have received Oscar buzz and see him play a 30-something, money-making, super-tailored, party-throwing guy. With July marking the halfway point to the red carpet, it's the perfect time to ask: Which grand New Yorker do you think will play to the Academy, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby or Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street? See our handy comparative chart, below.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
New York Locale
West Egg, Long Island
The Roaring '20s—right before the market crashed.
The go-go '90s—right before the market crashed.
The Great Gatsby,
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Wolf of Wall Street,
by Jordan Belfort
Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire)
Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill)
$1 billion, according to Forbes, not including all the illegal Champagne on the premises.
Possibly $100 million dollars, according to the New York
Times, not including all the cocaine that goes up his nose.
Boating blazers and unnecessary canes.
Khaki pants, a gold watch, and unnecessary boat shoes.
Mashups of Jay-Z,
Lana del Rey, and will.i.am
by Kanye West
Insider gossip suggests the nomination could go to Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design—not best actor.
The Academy may punish Leo's antihero for not being an activiste like recent winners past (Lincoln, The Artist, The King's Speech, Milk), but if he's going to get a nomination, it will be for this film.
The Great Gatsby Trailer
The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer
—Laura Delarato. Follow her at @lauradelarato
• • •