After a lengthy and expensive campaign, four previous Oscar nominations and countless spectacular roles, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for “The Revenant”.
Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most diverse careers in Hollywood characterized by humble beginnings as a child actor who landed his first role in 1985 on a sitcom called “Growing Pains”, when he was just 11 years old.
Leo’s first Oscar nomination came in less than a decade later in 1994 for best supporting actor for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”, in which he starred opposite Johnny Depp.
On Sunday, in front of a crowd that greeting his win with a standing ovation, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his much deserved first Oscar for best actor.
In his acceptance speech, Leo addressed environmental issues which he has been vigorously fighting for over the last several years:
“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
He added: “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet to find snow. Climate change is real; it is happening now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together, and we need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters and the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity.”
DiCaprio’s second Oscar nomination for best actor came in 2005 for “The Aviator”, which ended Leo’s transition from a teenage heartthrob he was in the 1990s into one of the strongest and most compelling powerhouses Hollywood has ever seen.
DiCaprio was also nominated in 2007 for his role in “Blood Diamond”, and in 2014 for “The Wolf of Wall Street”. It took some grueling filming in some of the harshest climates of the world, plus being half-eaten by a bear, for Leo to finally take home the biggest award in the film industry.