Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won the golden lady. Julianne Moore presented The Revenant star the award for Best Actor on Sunday night.
“The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of the incredible cast and crew I got to work alongside,” he said, reports People. Leonardo also thanked his co-star Tom Hardy
“Tom, your fierce talent on the screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen,” he said.
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He started off his speech with tears. Thanking his director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, he said, “as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past two years.”
“Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” said DiCaprio who is an ardent activist.
“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 … for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who are most affected by this, for our children’s children and for those people out there who’s voices have be drowned out by the politics of greed.”
“Let us not take this planet for granted,” he concluded. “I do not take tonight for granted, thank you so very much.”
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His speech received standing oviation from the whole fraternity including his Titanic co-star and longtime friend, Kate Winslet.
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“Look, I grew up in east Los Angeles. I was very close to the Hollywood studio system,” he told reporters after the ceremony.
“But I felt detached from it my whole life, and to have had parents that have allowed me to be a part of this industry, to take me on auditions every day after school and to tell stories like this has been my dream ever since I was 4 years old, and this film to me was exemplary in the sense that I got to work with the director and all the things we spoke about off-camera during the making of this movie transferred their way onscreen.”