Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar on Sunday 28 February at the seventh time of asking, for his role in the survival epic ‘The Revenant’.
He took home the Best Actor Award as Brie Larsson received the best Actress award for her performance in ‘Room’. DiCaprio received a standing ovation as he arose to pick up his award, after failing to convert 5 acting nominations and one nomination as producer of Best Picture nominee ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ in the past.
He thanked the film’s director and commended co-star Tom Hardy for his “fierce talent on screen” and “friendship off screen” before campaigning for action to combat climate change. DiCaprio insisted that making ‘The Revenant’ was “about a man’s relationship to the natural world”.
The 41-year-old revealed, “Climate change is real – it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. Support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity”. It is 22 years since he was first nominated for an Academy Award, having been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’.
Speaking to reporters after his success, DiCaprio stated, “I feel very honoured, to share this has been an amazing experience, to sit there and talk about the film. I also got to talk about something that I have been obsessed with – the environment and climate change – on a platform with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide”.
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