The world gave a standing ovation as Leonardo DiCaprio won his very first Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards held on Sunday, February 28 2016. DiCaprio bagged the 2016 Oscar Award trophy for Best Actor in a Leading Role he played in ‘The Revenant’.
After waiting more than two decades, the long-awaited win is finally here for talented actor Leonardo DiCaprio who has been nominated six times total for the award in his successful career but never got lucky till now. Dicaprio had his moment of glory as he made his way to the stage after kissing his bear amidst standing ovation from the audience.
Dicaprio picked up the prestigious 2016 Oscar award for his role as frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.
“Thank you all so much … The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of the cast and crew I got to work alongside,” The 41-year-old 2016 Oscar Award winner DiCaprio told the bellowing crowd, before thanking his costar Tom Hardy for his fierceness on screen and for his “friendship off screen.”
“Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room,” he told the crowd after receiving a standing ovation. “To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. My friends, I love you dearly. You know who you are.”
He added his views on climate change happening globally and expressed to viewers at home the importance of not taking anything in the world around us for granted.
“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, the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world,” he pleaded.
“For the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will 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.”
“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted,” he concluded before walking away with his debut 2016 Oscar Award.