After six Academy Awards nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally went home a winner on Sunday night. The actor took home Best Actor for his work in The Revenant, and used his speech to shed light on a cause close to his heart: global warming. “Climate change is real,” Leo told the room. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat affecting our entire species. We need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating... Let us not taken this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Leonardo not only earned a standing ovation from his fellow A-listers in attendance, but also from stars on Twitter, who flooded him with congratulatory tweets following his long-awaited win. Everyone from Dorinda Medley to Scheana Shay, to Oprah Winfrey to Kanye West to Luann de Lesseps, all sent love to the heartthrob.
Backstage, Leonardo spoke to reporters and opened up about finally going home with an Oscar. "It all feels incredibly surreal. You know, it's surreal because you can't reach out and physically meet everybody," he said, via E! News. "You hear it on the Internet, you hear it from other people, and, you know, the truth is, we always strive for the best in what we do. But this year in particular, I've been overwhelmed with such support—really, truly, by so many fans and so many people in the industry. It's quite shocking, actually. And what can you say except I'm very grateful? I really am."
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