After losing out five times in previous years, Leonardo DiCaprio has now won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in "The Revenant." He beat out Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne for the win.
After Leonardo thanked his "The Revenant" co-star Tom Hardy, the film's director, and best director Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, his parents, friends and "everyone from the very onset" of his career, he shared a powerful message about an issue he cares about, climate change.
"Climate change is real," he said. "It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat threatening our entire species."
He ended his speech with, "Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."
The award was well-deserved as not only did Leo wrestle a grizzly bear, but in an interview with Yahoo!, he revealed how brutal the yearlong shoot was to play the frontiersman.
"I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I've ever had to do," he said. "Whether it's going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly."
To recap his previous losses, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" in 1994, for Best Actor his his work in "The Aviator" in 2005 as well as "Blood Diamond" in 2007 and in "The Wolf of Wall Street" in 2014 (in which he was nominated in two categories, Best Actor and a producer credit under Best Picture).
While he gave incredible performances in all of those films, he was beat out every single time.
This year, however, the odds were in his favor as many were pulling for him to finally win. In Siberia, admirers even melted down gold for him in case he didn't win and dubbed it the "Oscar for Leo" campaign. And did you see the Leo's red carpet rampage app where you could "get Leo the ultimate award or die trying?"
And in addition to his fans, Leo's "Titanic" and "Revolutionary Road" co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Kate Winslet couldn't have wanted this win more for him.
"It does really feel as though it's Leo's year and I'm just super excited for him," she told E! News on Feb. 10, "And [there's] the sense of good will behind him, and that everyone wants it for him. You know, people in the streets. It's really really wonderful. I think it's [a] real testament to that fact that he's such a lovely person and that people really not only admire him but also really like him and respect him."
Leo is adding this award to his collection for the year. He also won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the same role.
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