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Why guaranteed Golden Globes joy could mean end of DiCaprio Oscar drought

| 06.01.2016

Leonardo DiCaprio could soon see an end to the ceaseless stream of internet memes poking fun at his inability to win an Academy Award.

The 41-year-old has been nominated for a best actor Oscar three times in the past for The Aviator in 2004, Blood Diamond in 2006 and Wolf of Wall Street in 2013 only to be pipped to the post on each occasion.

However, history suggests his role as frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant could be the part that finally sees him honoured by the Academy.

DiCaprio is the 1/6 favourite to land the Golden Globe for best Film Drama Actor and rarely has the winner of that award failed to follow it up with Oscars success.

On only four occasions since the turn of the century has the Golden Globe winner not done the double.

Granted DiCaprio himself is one of the unlucky few, getting the Golden Globe nod in 2004 for his portrayal of Howard Hughes only to see Jamie Foxx scoop the Oscar for Ray.

But, with the 10 of the last 11 Oscar winners scooping a globe first and Leo seemingly cruising to Globes glory it could finally be his year.

With regard to the Globes, DiCaprio’s nearest completion comes in the form of Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl but with the Brit pair priced at 6/1 and 12/1 respectively the American is sure to start Awards season with a bang.

While the Revenant could be the film that finally breaks DiCaprio’s Oscars duck the betting suggest his gong will be the film’s only award at the Golden Globes with Spotlight the 1/3 favourite to land Best Film Drama ahead of The Revenant at 4/1 and Ridley Scott the 6/4 favourite for Best Film Director for The Martian ahead of Inarritu at 9/4.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.