The ninth time was the charm Saturday evening for Leonardo DiCaprio. The 41-year-old actor earned his first Screen Actors Guild Award for lead male actor in a motion picture for "The Revenant" after eight other tries.
The SAG win, combined with earning the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards this month, makes DiCaprio the odds-on favorite to win Academy Award for his stark performance as a frontiersman who survives a brutal bear attack and seeks revenge on the man who left him for dead and murdered his son.
DiCaprio has certainly reached for the brass ring more than a few times over the past 22 years.
Besides the nine Screen Actors Guild nominations, he's received 11 Golden Globe nominations, winning for "The Revenant," 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" and 2004's "The Aviator." He's earned four BAFTA nominations, including for "The Revenant."
DiCaprio was just a teenager, best known for being a regular on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains," when he earned his first Oscar nomination for 1993's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." He also has been nominated for "The Aviator," 2006's "Blood Diamond," 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" — besides lead actor he also was nominated as one of the best film nominee's producers — and now "The Revenant."
DiCaprio has long been one of Hollywood's top actors, both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Now it appears he's on his way to get the prize that has eluded him. And that's probably worth all the shivering and suffering he and the cast endured in the cold for "The Revenant" to get it.