Leonardo DiCaprio: Oscar would be meaningful

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Based on the central character's real-life story, this Wall Street-themed crime drama is a big screen adaptation of a memoir of the same name directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, the former Long Island penny stockbroker who penned his experiences based on what he encountered during a massive securities fraud case of the 1990s. Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey star alongside DiCaprio in the 2013 biography film.
January 3rd, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio would love awards recognition for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

The 39-year-old actor admits it would be ''meaningful'' to one day earn an Academy Award - which has eluded him for much of his career despite three previous nominations - and believes his latest feature, which he also conceived and produced, deserves recognition in the upcoming awards season.

He admitted to The Hollywood Reporter: ''Of course it would be meaningful [to win an Oscar]. I think everyone wants to be recognised by their peers, absolutely, without question. But the truth of the matter is, you learn very quickly you have absolutely no control of what critics or audiences are going to think. You really just have to do everything you can to make the best film. That's the one thing that I do know.''

DiCaprio has previously landed Oscar nominations for 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape', 'The Aviator' and 'Blood Diamond', but is particularly proud of 'Wall Street', which was directed by his long-time collaborator Martin Scorsese.

He said: ''I would love for this film, on all fronts, to get some attention because there's only been two films in my entire career that I've really developed myself, really championed to get financed and got a director involved with, and that's been 'The Aviator' and this. And so, in a lot of ways - and I hate to use the term - those two are my 'babies'.

''Those were the films that I really did everything I possibly could to get made in the right way. And I think that they're very difficult movies to pull off, especially with this one ... a film that opens yourself and the movie up to a lot of criticism. So to get any kind of recognition would be amazing for this, absolutely.''