Watch Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Win His Oscar

Feb 29, 2016

Of all the prophesies fated to come true on Oscar Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio's win for Best Actor—his first ever Academy Award—was perhaps the most strongly willed by pundits and fans. When his name was announced, the actor reacted graciously —as he has done many times before—and took the stage to thank everyone from the casting director who cast him in his first film to mentor Martin Scorsese to his parents, friends and The Revenant cast and crew.

But the star of The Revenant, whose performance in that movie required a grueling filming process marked by bitter cold and some much-discussed bison liver, spent the majority of his speech addressing the issue about which he is most passionate: climate change.

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"Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history," he said. "Climate change is real, 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."

"Let us not take this planet for granted," he concluded. "I do not take tonight for granted."

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Leonardo DiCaprio in 1975.Peter Fleming—Retna Ltd./Corbis
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Baby Leonardo DiCaprio and Mother
Leonardo DiCaprio with his mother, Irmelin, and father, George, in Los Angeles in 1976.
From left: Leonardo DiCaprio and his stepbrother, Adam Ferrer, in Los Angeles in 1978.
Leonardo DiCaprio in 1989.
Leonardo DiCaprio in Los Angeles in Aug. 1990.
Leonardo DiCaprio in a promotional still for Parenthood, c. 1990.
From left: Max Elliott Slade, as Kevin Buckman, and Leonardo DiCaprio, as Garry Buckman, in a promotional still for Parenthood, c. 1990.
From left: Leonardo DiCaprio, as Luke Brower, and Kirk Cameron, as Mike Seaver, in a still from Growing Pains in 1991.
Leonardo DiCaprio, c. 1991.
Leonardo DiCaprio during the 1992 MTV Rock n Jock Basketball in Irvine, Calif. on Sept. 19, 1992.
Leonardo DiCaprio during the 1992 MTV Rock n Jock Basketball in Irvine, Calif. on Sept. 19, 1992.
Leonardo DiCaprio, c. 1992.
Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of Benny & Joon in Los Angeles on March 25, 1993.
Leonardo DiCaprio in Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 22, 1993.
Screening of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" - December 12, 1993
Leonardo DiCaprio in 1994.
Leonardo DiCaprio during the 66th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1994.
Leonardo DiCaprio in 1994.
From left: Leonardo DiCaprio and Dennis Hopper in New York City on April 2, 1994.
Leonardo DiCaprio in New York City in 1995.
From left: Mark Wahlberg and Leonard DiCaprio attend the film premiere of The Basketball Diaries in New York City in 1995.
Leonardo DiCaprio in 1975.
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