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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Why Leonardo DiCaprio was terrified about receiving his first Oscar

PTI  Los Angeles, February 20, 2014
First Published: 13:24 IST(20/2/2014) | Last Updated: 13:47 IST(20/2/2014)

Hollywood star LeonardoDiCaprio says the first time an Oscar-nomination came his way, he was terrified thinking about his victory speech in front of so many people.

The 39-year-old actor scored his first Oscar-nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, reported Deadline.

"Things just happened so quickly. Out of nowhere a nomination came about and I remember being completely shocked. My Leonardo-DiCaprio-Whats-Eating-Gilbert-Grape-first-reaction was being terrified of ever having to go up onstage in front of a billion people," DiCaprio said.

"Someone said 'a billion people watch this' and I thought, 'Oh my god, it's not like doing a movie where you get a second or third take'. Everyone's watching every word that you say. That was my initial reaction to it. It's a nerve-wracking thought," he added.

The actor has been nominated for best actor for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street at the Oscars this year.

Talking about the film earlier, DiCaprio had said, "Much of the film depended on creating a wild and reckless atmosphere. I didn't hold anything back. There were no stunt doubles for me either - it's all me. That's all me flopping around naked,” contactmusic.com quoted him as saying.

"It was fun (filming the scenes). I didn't think about the nudity much because I was trying to portray what this guy's life was like and it all really happened,” he added.

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