At long last, Leonardo DiCaprio has landed himself an Academy Award. After four separate nominations that went without an actual win -- "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Aviator," "Blood Diamond" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- the actor has finally reached the pinnacle of his profession, taking that shiny gold trophy home.
In the minds of many though, the award comes long after he rightfully deserved it, leading Zap2it to look back on a number of actors -- and even a movie -- that got a make-up Oscar. After all, sometimes the Academy gets it wrong and you don't get the award for the project you truly deserve it for.
Below, take a look at several of the Academy's biggest snubs and how the Oscars were able to fix those mistakes with future wins.
What he won: Best Actor for "The Revenant"
What that makes up for: "The Departed" and "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Somehow, DiCaprio wasn't even nominated for "The Departed," which is shocking. Between that film and "The Wolf of Wall Street" though -- and his other collaborations with Martin Scorsese -- there's no logical reason why it's taken this long for him to win an award. Now that he has, whether or not "The Revanant" is his best work, Leo has finally knocked this achievement off his list.
'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'
What it won: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing
What it makes up for: "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
As the final part in an epic trilogy, the awards "Return of the King" was showered with definitely felt like a victory lap for the franchise as a while. Prior to "Return of the King," "Lord of the Rings" was relegated mostly to technical wins. With its final installment though, director Peter Jackson and his cast and crew were able to bask in the spotlight as the movie swept the 76th annual Academy Awards.
What she won: Best Supporting Actress for "Ghost"
What it makes up for: "The Color Purple"
"Ghost" isn't a bad movie, by any stretch. In fact, it's a classic. That doesn't necessarily mean it's an Oscar movie, though. Goldberg was nominated for a number of awards due to her role in the movie, but it's hard to believe it was a better film than "The Color Purple." Playing Cecile Harris Johnson in the 1985 film, Goldberg snagged a Best Actress nomination, but lost out to Geraldine Page, who won for the little remembered "The Trip to Bountiful."
What he won: Best Actor for "The Color of Money"
What that makes up for: "Cool Hand Luke," just about every other movie he's in
There are very few who had the kind of iconic career Newman was able to attain. He racked up nine acting nominations and one for directing 1968's "Rachel, Rachel." Yet, there was only one time when Newman's name was called as a winner. While "The Color of Money" is a fine film, it's hard to believe the award wasn't also an effort to make up for trophy snubs like "Cool Hand Luke," "Cat on a Hit Tin Roof" and even "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
What he won: Best Actor for "Scent of a Woman."
What that makes up for: "The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II" and "...And Justice for All"
The fact that "Scent of a Woman" was both Pacino's only Oscar win and his last nomination is very telling. After being nominated seven times with no trophy -- including a legendary turn as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" trilogy -- his "Scent of a Woman" win definitely felt like an apology for overlooking him in year's past.
What she won: Best Actress in "The Blind Side"
What she won: Best Actress in "Erin Brockovich"
Neither of these actresses have long histories of Academy Award nominations, but it's hard to argue their star power of filmographies. Both Bullock and Roberts have starred in dozens of movies throughout their careers and received widespread acclaim and adoration over the years and it's hard to thing of bigger movie stars than the two. That said, while their Oscars are deserved, they also feel like career achievement awards. Neither tends to obvious Oscar-winning roles, but what kind of Academy is it if neither Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock have trophies?