by M.C. Saavedra
With awards season now upon us, Leonardo DiCaprio seems poised for a walk down the red carpet at next month's Academy Awards. Having already garnered two Golden Globes nominations for best actor (one for his performance in The Departed and the other in Blood Diamond), an Oscar nod is likely to follow. Many filmgoers who've been watching Mr. DiCaprio's slow assent to maturity from his days as a teen idol in the blockbuster Titanic have been impressed with his recent offerings, which elevate the young Hollywood heartthrob to the ranks of a serious actor. His powerful performance in Martin Scorcese's highly-acclaimed film, The Departed, is compelling while also at times disarming in its vulnerability. But while Mr. DiCaprio is often captivating in the more recent Blood Diamond, neither the film nor his performance manages to reach the high bar set by his portrayal of undercover cop Billy Costigan in the Scorcese film.