Finally! An Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio

Finally! An Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio

It only took getting mauled by a bear, but it finally happened
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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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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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12 Songs That Prove You're A Sucker For The Jonas Brothers

It's been a long, long time.

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This past week, the Jonas Brothers released a song and music video starring their wives (and in Joe's case, fiancee), completely shocking fans given the fact that there was pretty much no prior warning. As rumors are running rampant about their getting back together and a possible tour, now seems like a good time to reflect on their past. Specifically, my favorite songs that they've written. And if the rumors are true...I hope to find new favorites soon.

1. "Inseparable"

2. "Australia"

3. "Hold On"

4. "Shelf"

5. "Can't Have You"

6. "Turn Right"

7. "SOS"

8. "Sorry"

9. "Black Keys"

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11. "Hey Baby"

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