Between Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Has Gotten More Oscar Nominations?

Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio have one notable achievement in common: Both have won an Academy Award. They’ve also each been nominated at the popular award show numerous times. So which of the two A-listers has been acknowledged by the Academy more, Jen or Leo?

Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio star in ‘Don’t Look Up’

Lawrence and DiCaprio have teamed up for the first time on their latest project. Don’t Look Up stars the pair as scientists Kate Dibiasky and Randall Mindy, who try to save the world from a comet.

From Meryl Streep to Ariana Grande, many other big names will appear in the Adam McKay project, filming in Boston in early 2021. The film is only DiCaprio’s second in the past few years and comes after a break for Lawrence, too, who’s had one release per year for the last few instead of her previous average of two or three.

Lawrence became one of the youngest Oscar nominees

Lawrence began acting as a teenager, notably starring in The Bill Engvall Show. But her big-screen break came with 2010’s Winter’s Bone, a mystery drama in which she took center stage as Ree, a girl searching for her deceased father to save her family. Lawrence earned her first Best Actress nomination for the role.

While Winter’s Bone put her on the map, her franchise roles made her a household name. But she continued to act in Oscar contenders. She teamed up with director David O. Russell on back-to-back-to-back films: Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican Hustle, and Joy. All three movies earned her Academy Award nominations.

DiCaprio famously didn’t win for many years

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Like Lawrence, DiCaprio started on TV and in small film roles before breaking out as a movie star. His turn as Arnie Grape, the mentally impaired teenage brother of Johnny Depp’s titular character, in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1994.

It was more than a decade before DiCaprio made it to the award show as a nominee again. Following beloved roles in Romeo + Julie and Titanic, DiCaprio was nominated for Best Actor for his second collaboration with Martin Scorsese, The Aviator. Then came his nomination for Blood Diamond.

After a few more years, another Scorsese-DiCaprio project, Wolf of Wall Street, earned multiple Oscar nods, including Best Actor and Best Picture. (DiCaprio was eligible for the latter as a producer.) He was then nominated for The Revenant and, most recently, the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Who won an Academy Award first, DiCaprio or Lawrence?

composite image of Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio with their Oscars
L: Jennifer Lawrence in 2013, R: Leonardo DiCaprio in 2016 | Jason Merritt/Getty Images (2)

Lawrence and DiCaprio have a lot in common. Both became one of the youngest ever nominated in their respective categories with their first Academy Award nominations at 20 and 19, respectively. And both have found a recipe for success in working with the same director repeatedly.

Though DiCaprio has seven total nominations to Lawrence’s four, there’s one way she bests him. Despite having nearly a 20-year headstart on her, Lawrence beat DiCaprio to the win. She won for Silver Linings Playbook, her second nomination, in 2013, while DiCaprio didn’t take home an Oscar until 2016, for The Revenant.