Leonardo DiCaprio Wins His First Oscar

After five Oscar nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally walked off the stage Sunday night with the coveted gold trophy.

The actor, who was a favorite to win, took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.”

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 win, DiCaprio said: “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 I have been obsessed with – the environment and climate change – on a platform with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide.”

In his acceptance speech he shared his thoughts on global issue of climate change. “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted,” he said.

DiCaprio added: “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening now.”It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together, and we need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters and the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity.”leonardo-dicaprio-oscars-2016-speech

 

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