After six nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for survival epic “The Revenant” at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Excitement ensued when DiCaprio bagged the award as his win became the most-tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast with 440,000 Twitter posts in the span of 60 seconds.
DiCaprio was first nominated in 1993 at the ripe age of 19 for Best Supporting Actor for his work in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Since then, he’s been nominated for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role), Blood Diamond (2006 Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role), and The Aviator (2004 Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role).
The 41-year-old actor received a standing ovation, tons of support from fans on social media and a very emotional reaction from his Titanic co-star and longtime friend Kate Winslet. His acceptance speech is definitely one for the record books as he used his high-profile moment to draw attention to climate change.
Here’s the full text of his speech:
Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. The Revenant was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen. To Mr. Alejandro Innaritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past 2 years… thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency…my entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career…to Mr. Jones for casting me in my first film to Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.
And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.