Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has ended years of Oscars disappointment as he was finally named best actor.
He beat the likes of British star Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender to take home the award for his role in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards.
The actor was first nominated for an Oscar 23 years ago in a supporting role, and has since been nominated four more times for acting, including this year, but had never won until now.
DiCaprio thanked the movie’s director and his co-star Tom Hardy, saying “your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen”.
The 41-year-old used his last few minutes on stage to campaign for climate change, adding: ” It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
He urged the audience 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’ll be affected by this”.
The star ended by saying: “Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take this night for granted. Thank you so very much.”
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