- Leonardo DiCaprio finally takes home an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards night
- He wins the “Best Actor” trophy for his outstanding performance in the film “The Revenant”
- It is the first Oscar award for the 41-year-old actor after missing out on at least 4 nominations
- “The Revenant”, however, fails to win as “Best Picture”
American actor Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first-ever Oscar in the recently-concluded 88th Academy Awards night after missing on the trophy on at least four occasions.
The 41-year-old actor was declared “Best Actor” for his outstanding performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film “The Revenant”; besting other nominees such as Matt Damon for “The Martian”, Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl” and Bryan Crankston for “Trumbo”.
“The Revenant”, a heavy Oscars favorite (with 12 nominations) along with “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10 nominations) also took home the trophy for Inarritu as “Best Director” as well as the “Best Cinematography” award.
However, the 19th-century adventure-drama picture based on the true story of American fur trader, hunter and explorer Hugh Glass failed to bag the much-coveted “Best Picture”; losing to “Spotlight.”
In his passionate acceptance speech, DiCaprio warned the world about the effects of global warming.
“Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. It is the most urgent threat affecting our species. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted,” DiCaprio told the audience.
DiCaprio has been nominated at least four times in the past Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor for “What’s eating Gibert Grape (1993), Best Actor for “The Aviator” (2005), Best Actor for “Blood Diamond” (2007) and Best Picture (as producer) for “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2014).
However, he failed to win any of those past nominations.
For “The Revenant” he was nominated and won both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA trophy for his performance in the film.