3. LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S GRAND OL' TIME
Does anyone remember when, a few years after "Titanic" and around the time of Leonardo DiCaprio's offbeat follow-up "The Beach," the young actor's future was more than a little uncertain? Since then, the 38-year-old has been uncanny with his project choices, opting to work with proven directors like Steven Spielberg ("Catch Me If You Can"), Martin Scorcese ("Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception"), and now Quentin Tarantino. As Calvin Candie, the vicious plantation owner in possession of Django's wife, DiCaprio is essentially unleashed -- he is given ample room to deliver gaudy exclamations and murderous rants, all while flaunting an accent that would make the keenest Southern belle blush. Whether or not DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar for the role remains to be seen, but either way, the superstar is having a ton of fun here.