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In the second of his 2008 releases, DiCaprio stars as a journalist recruited by CIA chief Russell Crowe to pursue an Al Qaeda operative. Ridley Scott directs this high-octane thriller from Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan's ("The Departed") adaptation of David Ignatius' bestselling novel.
Back in 2006, DiCaprio scored a surprise Oscar nod for the action-adventure "Blood Diamond" rather than the crime drama "The Departed." Usually, the academy prefers its leading men to be less sweaty, going for acting rather than action, though Gene Hackman won for playing a hard-driving cop in "The French Connection."