Will 2014 finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year at the Oscars?

After two decades of stellar performances, Leonardo DiCaprio still doesn’t have an Academy Award. What gives, asks Time magazine’s Megan Gibson. 

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After a stellar award season, the 86th Academy Awards are this weekend and — by almost anyone’s measure — Matthew McConaughey has a lock on the Best Actor Award.

Though this year has seen fierce competition from his co-nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern and Leonardo DiCaprio (more on him in a minute), there’s been an undeniable groundswell of support for McConaughey. His role in Dallas Buyers Club certainly checks all the boxes typical of an award-winning performance: he lost a dramatic amount of weight for the role; he plays a real-life character who not only suffers from a deadly illness, but also heroically fights a weighty cause for others; and he’s already proven at other award ceremonies that he can hit a humble, charming and funny acceptance speech out of the park. Few would be surprised to see him snag the statue come Sunday night.

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However, it’s often the case that Academy doesn’t necessarily reward individual performances, but frequently gives awards to those who probably should have won at some point in the past — but were overlooked — or those who have a body of consistently stellar work. That explains why the McConnaissance — the transformation of McConaughey from the shirtless rom-com star into a powerhouse actor who tackles challenging and varied roles — has been such a big part of the pre-Oscar conversation. McConaughey deserves the award, some say, not only because of Dallas Buyers Club, but also because of his great recent roles inMud, The Paperboy, HBO’s True Detective and, funnily enough, The Wolf of Wall Street.

But the buzz over McConaughey’s career transformation and award chances raises a question: When will it be Leo’s turn?

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