The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar last night at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony. The Oscar for best actor has been awarded to DiCaprio following his performance on Alejandro Iñárritu‘s The Revenant. This much-anticipated moment comes after DiCaprio has been nominated five other times – four for his acting and one as a producer of The Wolf of Wall Street – and failed to win, regardless of the public’s immense support.
But this year, DiCaprio beat out competition coming from actors such as Eddie Redmayne, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston, and Matt Damon. He was a clear favorite after winning two more awards for his performance on The Revenant – a Golden Globe and a Bafta, and after his commitment to the role has also received a lot of attention.
As expected, the 41-year-old actor received standing ovations as he walked on stage to pick up his award.
After the usual thanks consistent with acceptance speeches, DiCaprio took advantage of his speech to campaign for action to fight against climate change. As The Revenant, he says, was “about man’s relationship to the natural world”, he felt the need to raise awareness that climate change is happening right now and “we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating”.
He ended his speech with the words: “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted”.
After the win, DiCaprio told reporters: “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”.