After five nominations and a global cry of outrage, Leonardo DiCaprio wins an Oscar!
The actor, who was a favourite to win, took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.”
“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man’s relationship to the natural world…climate change is real,” he said. “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.” Leo said in his speech.
“The Revenant” led in Oscar nominations with 12 nominations this year. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu also took home an award on Sunday.
The 41-year-old actor, has already stacked up on a ton of awards for his role as real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was attacked by a bear then left in the wilderness, trekking approximately 200 miles to find the men who deserted him.
DiCaprio had been rather gracious when he was nominated in January, even though social media was abuzz with memes and appeals to The Academy after he did not win the last couple of times.
Previously, DiCaprio scored Oscar nominations for his roles in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Leo’s fans went all out in support so that the Titanic legend could bag the famous Oscar this time.
Social media feeds have been overflowing with congratulatory messages and memes all day long. All the internet jokes finally came to an end as Leo lifted the Oscar to a thunderous applause.
Other nominees in the category, who may or may not have even bothered to write acceptance speeches, include Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl. And now, with Leo’s quest at an end, it’s time to start looking for the next perpetually snubbed performer to memeify.
While there are a few cynics who argue that Leo got the Oscar only because of the mock outrage by the media and his fans, we’d like to tell them once and for all, we’re not just fangirling when we say that Leo deserved it more than anyone else!
It is important to give credit where it’s due and it certainly was overdue here!
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016
Watch DiCaprio’s winning speech here: