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Best Actor Nominee: Leonardo DiCaprio

Film: The Aviator

Previous best actor wins for role: Golden Globe (Drama)

Previous Oscar wins/nominations:

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

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Character Bio: The focused DiCaprio expertly takes on the late great Howard Hughes, tapping into the famous tycoon’s spirited early years as the dashing young Hollywood filmmaker and wooer of some of the biz’s most glamorous actresses of the time, including Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale). But while the obsessive-compulsive dementia, which crippled Hughes later in life, is how many remember the billionaire, the rest of us remember his passion for aviation, as he built a vast airplane empire unparalleled even today.

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