7. Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Revenant'
It's true that eating a raw bison liver and nearly getting hypothermia while wading through freezing rivers does not guarantee you a statuette. Of course, such displays of commitment in the name of cine-autheticity certainly doesn't exactly hinder your chances of being recognized by your voting peers, either. The backstory of how brutal the shoot was on Alejandro G. Iñárritu's survivalist Western had become legendary by the time His Leo-ness walked up onstage to collect his first Oscar, and that almost certainly contributed to the win. But go back and watch his performance now that the hoopla has died down, and you'll see one of his more transformative screen turns. Yes it was "time," as many folks said in regards to DiCaprio's victory. It was also well-deserved.