Oscar 1997: Omission–DiCaprio in Titanic

Year after year, critics compile lists of achievements bypassed by the Academy. Yet in some years, the omissions are more glaring than others.

Why was Leonardo DiCaprio snubbed by the Academy for his lead role in Titanic, a film that swept 14 nominations, including one for his co-star Kate Winslet, who plays his love interest

Perceiving it as a major injustice, DiCaprio's fans bombarded the Academy with hate mail and protest e-mails.