Finally! An Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio

Finally! An Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio

It only took getting mauled by a bear, but it finally happened

It has only taken 6 nominations, over a 27-year career, in order for Leonardo DiCaprio to receive an Academy Award. He has worked in a range of films; some have dazed and confused the audience while others have them sitting on the edge of their seats. DiCaprio has worked in almost every genre of film and has pushed them to the limit. So I would like to ask the Academy, "What took you so damn long!?"

The first time I saw DiCaprio in a film I was around 7 or 8 and my grandmother had the Titanic on VHS. After the first encounter with him, I was hooked and had a giant crush on him. (But what 80's or 90's girl didn't?) I had never been more moved by a character than I was by DiCaprio's character Jack Dawson. He seemed so real to me that I cried when he saved Rose. If a 7 or 8-year-old can understand the immense love Jack Dawson had for Rose, then the actor is a genius.

From the moment I saw the Titanic I was determined to watch any movie with DiCaprio in it and I was never disappointed in his performance. I was actually so convinced with his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape that, had I not seen Titanic, I would have thought the DiCaprio was actually mentally disabled. There is no other actor that I know, besides Tom Hanks, that has ever depicted a disability part so well. Reading a script is one thing, but to bring it to life with such clarity and realism is another.

Now I know I'm not the only one out there who has been waiting for DiCaprio to finally get his Oscar. The audience during the Oscars even had the "finally!" look on their faces. Almost every actor in the theater was relieved and happy that DiCaprio received the award. If the audience wasn't enough all you have to do is go on the internet. For years, there have been memes of DiCaprio about how he hasn't received an Oscar and how this year he should get one for just how he acts when he doesn't win. DiCaprio was always composed and looked happy for the nominee who won. This attitude didn't change when he won tonight either.

DiCaprio owned the spotlight. Not only did he graciously accept the award but he thanked everyone who had ever helped him during his entire career from the very beginning. And if that wasn't enough he made the remainder of his speech about the effects of global warming and how it affected his filming process for his newest movie The Revenant. DiCaprio is truly a class act and I am so happy to finally receive his award. He has truly earned it.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.


They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

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What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

She'll be strong

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