Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first Oscar award which was the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in The Revenant. Presenter Julianne Moore, who won Best Actress at last year’s awards, paused for a considerable amount of time before announcing DiCaprio’s name.
The actor who has been active for 25 years without a statuette, has starred in over two dozen films, including Gangs of New York and The Basketball Diaries. To date, DiCaprio has won over 40 awards and has been nominated six times for an Oscar. This is his first win. The jinx is broken.
After an extended applause, DiCaprio thanked fellow nominees, the cast and crew of The Revenant (including Best Director winner Alejandro Iñárritu), and even past collaborators like Martin Scorcese. DiCaprio ended his with a big note on the environment:
“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 and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world… who speak for all of humanity.”
Source: The Verge