DiCaprio, Morricone Take Home Oscars


Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Hugh Glass in the film Revenant.

DiCaprio, age 41, is the son of George DiCaprio, a comic book artist, producer and distributor who traces his roots back to the Naples area of Italy.

DiCaprio’s mother chose the name Leonardo for their son because she was standing in an Italian museum admiring a painting by Leonardo da Vinci when he first kicked in the womb.

DiCaprio began his film career in the early 1990’s starring as Josh in Critters 3. His breakout role came in 1993 in the film This Boy’s Life opposite Robert De Niro. Shortly after came another critically acclaimed performance in The Basketball Diaries.

DiCaprio has since received widespread acclaim for roles in Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby.

DiCaprio’s portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator, Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street and Hugh Glass in Revenant all won him Golden Globe awards for Best Actor.

Ennio Morricone, won the Oscar for his musical score for the film The Hateful Eight.

Morricone is an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who was born in Rome.  Morricone is one of the most influential composers of all time, with over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.

Morricone has been previously nominated for six Oscars and has received the Academy Honorary Award in 2007.  He has also won 3 Grammy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.

One major disappointment was that Sylvester Stallone did not receive the Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed.

Stallone is the oldest son of Frank Stallone, Sr. who was born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, Italy.

Sylvester Stallone began his acting career in 1970, at the age of 24.  He is best known for his writing and portrayal of the lead characters he created in his Rocky and Rambo films.

Stallone has also previously been nominated for two Oscars in 1977, for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for Rocky.   He did win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in Creed.

The 88th annual Academy Awards aired last night on ABC.

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