Leonardo DiCaprio has won the Oscars in the Best Actor category for the very first time in his career, much to the delight of his fans and followers. His speech, while holding the award tight, shows why he is different from other Hollywood celebrities.
Leo is not known for expressing his inner feelings all the time. Even if he was excited inside, he looked extremely calm throughout the ceremony. Even while Julianne Moore talked about the five nominations for the Best Actor category at the Oscars, Leo was as composed as a monk.
Leo was previously nominated for his work in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street, according to The Guardian. However, he was yet to win the award.
Then he won, and the world around him erupted. Everyone seemed excited except the man himself. Leo took the award, and what he said next would go into archive.
He thanked people who helped him in his journey. He thanked his parents for taking him to auditions. Even though he did not think he belonged to the world of acting, they made him believe so. He thanked people who signed him for his first film to Martin Scorsese for teaching him the essence of filmmaking.
However, unlike any other usual acceptance speech, Leo’s was different for a reason. He is not merely an actor. He is not just one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. He is one of the most dynamic activists on climate change issues. The latter part of his speech showed what he is made of.
He mentioned how the production team of The Revenant had to move to the southern tip of the planet “just to find snow.” “Climate change is real, and it is happening right now,” Leo said as the crowd cheered. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”
At the same time, Leo sent a political message in his speech as well. “We need to support leaders around the world, who do not speak for the big polluters, the big corporations, but who speak for all humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions underprivileged people who’ll be most affected by this.”
Leo goes even further and stands for what he believes in. “For our children’s children and for those people out these, whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed, I thank you all for this amazing award tonight; let’s take this planet for granted,” Leo concluded. “I do not take tonight for granted.”