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Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Oscar For Best Actor For 'The Revenant'

Leonardo DiCaprio in The RevenantIt might have been the night’s most predictable result, but Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win for his role in still felt like Oscar doing right by a guy nominated five times before, first for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? back in 1993, when he was 19. Fox’s campaign for The Revenant focused heavily on how much DiCaprio suffered for his art – all crawling around in the dirt, chewing on raw bison liver and braving sub-zero temperatures. He beat out four actors whose films, at least, featured plenty of indoor shooting: Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and last year’s winner Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

But for all the surety of his win this season – DiCaprio had picked up every major acting prize on his route to the Dolby Theatre – the 41-year-old actor still was visibly relieved when the envelope was opened. “The Revenant was the product of an unbelievable cast and crew, ” he said in his speech. “First off to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent onscreen can only be surpassed by your friendship offscreen. To Mr. Alejandro Inarritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past two years. What an unbelievable talent you are. Thank you to you and Chivo [cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki] for creating a transcendent cinematic experience for all of us. “

Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars 2016DiCaprio thanked Fox and New Regency and called out Arnon Milchan before thanking people “from the very onset” of his career, including Michael Caton-Jones, who cast him in This Boy’s Life, his regular collaborator Martin Scorsese and Rick Yorn. “And to my parents: None of this would be possible without you.” In fact, DiCaprio revealed on the red carpet earlier that he’d brought his mom with him tonight. In Mike Fleming Jr’s interview with the Oscar winner published this month, he revealed she would drive 45 minutes each way, twice a day, just to take DiCaprio to a better school.

He finished his speech with a climate-change plea. “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. “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. 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. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

The Revenant follows DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass, a fur trapper abandoned by his colleagues after he’s savagely attacked by a bear. Left for dead and double-crossed, Glass crawls his way to safety, dodging Native American warriors and fixing to take his revenge on Hardy’s John Fitzgerald, who murdered his son and conspired to take his share.

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