With his recent film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio landed his sixth Acting nomination, at the age of 45 years old, thus being the third youngest actor ever who achieved it, above him only Jack Nicholson and Richard Burton who had both achieved this feat at 44 years old, only one year younger.
Thus, the question is legit, do you think DiCaprio will manage at the end of his career, when it's all said and done, to match (or even beat) Nicholson's record of 12 Oscar nominations (in Acting categories)?
"He may even beat it" was my vote - this board, as much as I love it, is in a fantasy world about the way the Oscars work.......DiCaprio gets all the roles and there's no reason to assume he won't keep on getting them for a long time.
No one has his track record for the totality of things that go into getting nominations - he can act, his movies make money, he's in Best Picture contenders constantly, he's an Awards magnet, his peers love him, he does supporting roles and leads, period pieces and contemporary roles, and across dramatic and comedic material.
There's a few guys who "could" get to 10 - Hanks, Washington are likely........ Pacino possibly, but only DiCap can logically be expected to exceed 10 nods - not saying he will necessarily ya never know - but he has all the components and unlike those 3 other guys ...........time is on his side.
Impossible to say. He's obviously on pace to but there's a long way to go. I also have some pause because he seems to be taking breaks between roles now like DDL. Four years between Revenant and OUATIH. If he continues in that vein it has to slow his pace down.
Matching Nicholson by age 63-67 doesn't sound implausible. That's like 3 nominations every 10 years. If he acts into his 80s and maintains pretty good health, he could be #2 after Streep with 14 or so.
A lot depends on how long he can keep his current run up for. He has been nominated in the Lead category for 3 consecutive releases, which is a rare feat. He's in a select company that includes Brando and Pacino with that one. Can he manage 3 more nominations in the next 10 years? If he can, that will put him on 9 nominations at the age of 55. Nominations should only continue to get easier for him with his "slap-the-stud" phase firmly behind him, now that he is approaching the peak years for a male actor these days (45-55).
People kept saying he would stop getting nominated after he won his Oscar, but he followed up his Oscar win with a comfortable nomination in the most competitive year for the category in ages. And now I suppose a 2nd Oscar win will halt his nominations? I guess we'll see.
These things are very unpredictable and it wouldn't be shocking if he went another 7 years without a nomination. However, from what I can tell, the real question mark is how regularly he works. Because he is alone at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy and seems set to stay there for a decade or two. Which is a startling prospect given that he's been at the top for two decades already.
Probably not, not only because he works more infrequently, but because I don't see him neither taking as much supporting roles as Nicholson (who received 4 noms as supporting), whether by choice or opportunities. Plus, Jack was the king of Hollywood and the life of the party, beloved by most, which Di Caprio, while of course is very respected, just isn't.