After 22 years and 37 films, Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first Oscar ever.
The 41-year-old has been nominated six times total, once for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and four for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Finally, he has received the award for the former thanks to his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
While accepting his big honor, the actor stuck to his environmentalist platform:
“2015 was the hottest year in history,” he said. “Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
DiCaprio went on to say that we need to “support leaders who don’t speak for big corporations,” and that it is our responsibility to fight for “people out there whose voices have been drowned out from the politics of greed.”
It was clear, however, that the actor felt personally honored:
“I do not take this night for granted,” he said in conclusion.
For decades, fans have decried the esteemed actor’s lack of Oscar acknowledgment, so the win is especially powerful.
Congratulations on a much deserved win, Leonardo DiCaprio!
Leonardo DiCaprio Has Won His First Oscar