Leonardo DiCaprio wins his Oscar for Best ActorLeonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28. DiCaprio achieved the trophy for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio has been nominated six times for an Oscar. He earned a standing ovation while making his way toward the stage to give his acceptance speech. DiCaprio used his moment on stage to warn the audience about his favorite cause – climate change. “Thank you all so much. … The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of the cast and crew I got to work alongside,” DiCaprio, 41, told the crowd, before thanking his costar Tom Hardy for his fierceness on screen and for his “friendship off screen.” He told the audience, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work together to stop procrastinating,” DiCaprio continued. “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
In The Revenant, DiCaprio interprets the 19th century American mountaineer Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his companions after being trampled by a bear. Leo’s win became the most Tweeted about Oscar’s minute – overtaking Ellen’s group selfie from 2014. Speaking to GMA anchor Robin Roberts right after after the show, DiCaprio said he was ‘very moved’ by the reaction.