#4 Django Unchained
Another message movie, Django Unchained saw DiCaprio playing against type as the villain, a slave owner named Calvin Candie? Well, how about that? If you think your audience is getting bored with you as the protagonist, how about changing things to an extreme degree by playing a racist slave owner? DiCaprio was electric, and every time he was on-screen he commanded our attention. But, much like before, he wasn't even nominated. Christoph Waltz was Django's sole acting nominee, and while he eventually went on to win, it had to be a bittersweet moment for DiCaprio. As far as I'm concerned, this should have been his year.